'Black Beatles' Is the No. 1 Song the Country Needs Right Now: Critic's Take

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FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME Rae Sremmurd photographed in 2016. Yes, it's true: The Chainsmokers and Halsey are no longer No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. After a virtually unchallenged 12-week reign that had Billboard wondering if Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men should start sweating their all-time record for longest stay on top, "Closer" has been toppled by a song that was lurking underneath the whole time: Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane's "Black Beatles." The track, which climbed into the top ten last week in its ninth frame on the Hot 100, rides a surge in downloads and streams to the chart's highest position, largely propelled by its association with the ultra-viral Mannequin Challenge phenomenon. The chart topping is a major achievement for all involved. It's the relatively green hip-hop duo's first Hot 100 No. 1 -- Rae Sremmurd previously peaked at No. 16 with "No Type" in late 2014 -- and it's also long-esteemed ATLien Gucci Mane's first trip to the top, easily besting his previous No. 14 high as a guest rapper on Mario's 2009 single "Break Up." More surprisingly, it's the first time that superproducer Mike Will Made-It has reached the summit: Despite being one of the most seemingly Top 40-omnipresent producers of the '10s, the hip-hop innovator had never gotten past runner-up on the Hot 100, reaching No. 2 with Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" in 2013. But the moment of triumph shouldn't just be contained to those actually responsible for the song -- the rest of us should be pretty pumped, too. First and foremost, it's a great song: As Billboard's Jason Lipshutz wrote last week, "'Black Beatles' is a bizarre, alluring and absolutely inspired...

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