Rap duo Rae Sremmurd has teamed with EDM producer Madsonik and hip-hop impresario Mike Will Made It to create a “Battlefield 1” themed remix of their megahit “Black Beatles.” Although the full remix won’t be released until Feb. 24, a snippet of the song has been released in the form of a trailer that features footage from the hugely successful Electronic Arts first-person shooter.
Although it is an undeniable banger, the “Black Beatles” remix is a pretty unusually track. The thundering beat provided by Madsonik is an ideal soundtrack for lushly rendered World War I combat, its lyrics are a different story. Swae Lee’s new hook is surprisingly elegiac, featuring haunting lyrics like “small world, enemies know of me,” and “Gold Tigers near, there’s no retreating” while Slim Jxmmi drops into grimy shout “this is a war, not a drill, baby!”
Given that “Battlefield 1’s” has connected with gamers because of its focus on the consequences of warfare, the exhilarating yet mournful tone of the “Black Beatles” remix feels wholly appropriate.