Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” lands inside the coveted Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, a landmark for both the Mississippi duo and the song’s featured artist, Gucci Mane.
The track, which jumps from #16 to #9 this week, serves as the highest-charting song that Gucci Mane has ever appeared on. Lil Wayne’s “Steady Mobbin,’” another of Gucci’s high-profile features, peaked at #48 following its release in 2009. Guwop’s own highest-charting single is “Wasted” featuring Plies, which reached the #36 position, also in 2009.
The recent rise of “Black Beates'” success is widely attributed to the #MannequinChallenge, the latest in viral videos that features people freeze-frame on film. The large majority of #MannequinChallenge videos that have gone viral feature “Black Beatles” playing in the background. Rae Sremmurd participated in their own #MannequinChallenge video at a show in Denver earlier this month. The background song? “Black Beatles.”
“Black Beatles” is the third single off Rae Sremmurd’s sophomore studio album, SremmLife 2. The project, which was released in August, received a 3.9 out of 5 rating by HipHopDX, with writer Narsimha Chintaluri calling the effort a “worthwhile (and much needed) bid for album of the summer.”