"Black Beatles" Is Billboard's New Chart-Topper!

"Black Beatles" Is Billboard's New Chart-Topper!

The song behind the meme
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Trust me, I KNOW we have very important post-election topics to discuss (and some articles I shared on Facebook recently highlight this). However, sometimes all we need to do is continue living life and celebrating the small victories. Like a new chart-topper!

Yes, The Chainsmokers and Halsey have finally been lobbed off the top spot after endless weeks at No. 1. I've made my thoughts on the song known when it first ascended. Now that we have its replacement, let's celebrate what we have.

Which might be a bit hard to do. Not that the song isn't bad; it's actually excellent, with some sturdy qualities to it. The chorus might get implanted onto your brain at some point, but the music is positively hypnotic, with a percolating background loop that gives a depth, brooding and atmosphere that truly elevates it. As for Gucci Mane, his rap is serviceable but pales compared to the other qualities of the song. However, the reason that Rae Sremmurd (I have trouble pronouncing it to) and featured rapper Gucci Mane hit the top spot with their song "Black Beatles" was because of yet another meme that have spread throughout the Internet. The "Mannequin Challenge" is where you stay perfectly still, likely while a song plays (like “Black Beatles”) and the camera moves around the room. Somehow, it's taken the country by storm, with people taking part in it ranging from Michelle Obama with LeBron James and the rest of the Cleveland Caveliers (albeit to different music) to even a hospital room with a pregnant Blac Chyna ready to give birth! The song meme trend was annoying before, and it didn't deserve to propel "Black Beatles" to No. 1 since the song it good enough on its own.

It seems that Rae Sremmurd favor injecting atmosphere into their songs, like their previous biggest hit. "Black Beatles", fortunately, bucks the trend that has snuck up on 2016 harshly. Drake. Sia. The Chainsmokers and Halsey (see "thoughts" link above). All of them achieved their chart-toppers with songs ranging from good to meh, but getting the top spot after coming out with songs that were much more deserving of the top spot. Rae Sremmurd have perhaps their best single out of their big hits yet snatch the coveted prize, but they could've done without having their chart-topper be a meme (though to be fair, any endless stream of "Mannequin Challenge" videos is still preferable than having to sit through the truly awful breakthrough hit by D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty, made even worse by the video). As for Gucci Mane, since this critic doesn’t really mean to him, the jury’s out on that one.

We still have weeks left in the year. If the "Mannequin Challenge" wears out its charm (which it will), I'm sure that another hit will capture the nation's attention. Daft Punk might've also become victims of the trend being featured with The Weeknd, but given its decline from being No. 2, that probably won't happen. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj might get swallowed up as well, but despite their catchy collaboration (and a funny T-Mobile commercial), they might not reach it this time. So what's a pop lover to do? Fortunately, we can listen to "Black Beatles" and wait for what Rae Sremmurd (and Gucci Mane by association) will release next.

Update: This article didn’t talk about Gucci Mane’s contribution. I regret the error, and will be more thorough in the future.

Cover Image Credit: Billboard/Rae Sremmurd/

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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An ode to the little girl raised to be insecure.

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They raise little girls to be insecure

Little girls grow to be big girls

People always ask big girls why they're so insecure

Big girls aren't quite sure

Day after day the big girl can't keep up

She's exhausted

Her soul feels worn

The big girl learns to grow hard

In a way, she's a bit stronger

People call her a bitch

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