"You do what you want in this world, and people either love you or hate you for it," Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee told Billboard after hearing about the song hitting No. 1. "Thanks to everyone that stands behind us." Slim Jxmmi added, "Unlock the swag, shoutout to the fans that supported 'Black Beatles.'"
The milestone also marks the first No. 1 for the song's feature guest, Gucci Mane, along with producer Mike Will Made-It. "To be able to put Gucci Mane, the person that gave me my first opportunity in music, and Rae Sremmurd, the debut artist from my [imprint Eardrummer] on what's both's biggest record ever, and the first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 for both, is something I could have never imagined or dreamed of. I couldn't have asked for a better moment to be a part of," Mike Will revealed to Billboard upon hearing about "Black Beatles" going No. 1. "'Black Beatles' is the best song I have produced so far in my career. The way it came together couldn't have been more natural, and it's amazing to see people feel the same way, and gravitate to the record so naturally. For 'Black Beatles' to be so true to us and our sound—we weren't chasing a sound—it solidifies that the world is ready for us and what we have to come."
The song has steadily been gaining in popularity since the Mannequin Challenge videos, which uses "Black Beatles" as the unofficial soundtrack, went viral. Everyone from Hillary Clinton to actual Beatles member, Paul McCartney, has shared their take on the challenge. Of course, Rae Sremmurd finally got in on the action as well and executed their own version of the challenge live from the stage during their Denver concert Nov. 3.
Just last week, the song rocketed to the Hot 100's top 10. Less than a week later, the song is now the top song in the country. "Black Beatles" also claims the top spot on both Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Hot Rap Songs chart. Huge congratulations to Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane, and Mike Will Made-It. You can check out the rest of this week's Billboard Top 10 here.
House party tonight dm @jay_Sremm for the addy— Black Beatles (@RaeSremmurd) November 14, 2016