After 12 insane weeks at the top, The Chainsmokers have been usurped on the Hot 100 by none other than Rae Sremmurd. The adorable brothers, Gucci Mane, and Mike Will Made It home boys have one major hit on their hands with “Black Beatles,” thanks in no small part to the Internet phenomenon called “The Mannequin Challenge.”
“Black Beatles” is both Rae Sremmurd and Mike Will’s first number one anthem, but it isn’t the pair’s first smash. Here, we recap some of Rae Sremmurd’s best songs together (because they always work together) as re-envisioned by producer superfans. Which is your favorite?
“One Touch” – Havok Roth
The original beat was produced by Baauer and features additional singing from AlunaGeorge. It’s subtle and smoky, but this version adds a supersonic blast of bite. It’s not the most complex drop, but it will drop your on your ass.
“No Flex Zone” – Baewatch
The first time I heard “No Flex Zone,” I knew whoever that was rappin’ was about to be a star. It was the most infectious thing on rap radio, and this Baewatch rework is everything we liked about that tune on steroids. Get slapped in the face with dopeness.
“Look Alive” – Infested
Damn do we dig the beat on this sucker. The original Rae Sremmurd song is kind of a downer, a leaned out mess of a beat. This remix picks the whole party up and puts it on its dancing feet. The trap breakdown in the middle is for you freaks tryina get extra sexy.
“No Type” – NGHTMRE
Who wants a g-house remix of “No Type?” Oh, everyone? NGHTMRE’s got you. There’s a good bit of wonk on this delicious morsel, and plenty of dark bass boost to get that groove stuck in your hips all night.
“This Could Be Us” – No Sleep
“This Could Be Us” is the sweetest offering in the Rae Sremmurd song catalog, so it makes sense it would get a cutesy future bass rinse. There’s plenty of gangstaliciousness left intact, but there are enough rose-tinted touches and sparkly additives to take the love song to brighter, bolder heights.
“No Type” – XAVIER Cover (Hitimpulse Remix)
Maybe it’s cheating that this is a remix of a cover, but we can’t help but fall in love with the softer side of this single. We know the original like the back of our hand, and this just flipped and dipped all our pre-existing notions of the jam, it’s like hearing it for the first time.
“Black Beatles” – Aazar
The number one song in the country gets the turn-up treatment. The chorus brings the listener in as you know and love it, but the drop comes in with a diabolical twist. There’s something yet sensual in its abrasive delivery, and that’s what keeps us coming back for more.