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Rae Sremmurd Bring ‘Black Beatles’ to ‘Colbert’ on Beatles Anniversary

Hip-hop duo perform chart-topping, Fab Four-inspired single to Ed Sullivan Theatre exactly 53 years after Beatles make Ed Sullivan debut

In an unbelievable moment of happenstance, Rae Sremmurd performed their chart-topping single “Black Beatles” Thursday on the Late Show‘s stage, where on that date in 1964, the Beatles themselves made their Ed Sullivan Show debut.

“Fifty-three years ago today, the Beatles made their live American television debut on this stage,” Stephen Colbert alerted viewers prior to the rap duo’s performance, which was backed by Late Show house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee cruised the stage once occupied by the Fab Four to rap about “rockin’ John Lennon lenses” and “Black Beatle, me and Paul McCartney related.”

(Following the performance, after numerous requests to follow them on Instagram, Swae Lee ended the segment by mispronouncing the host’s name, “Thank you, Colbert” with a hard T, like “bert.”)

At the height of the Hot 100 reign of “Black Beatles,” Rolling Stone talked with Rae Sremmurd about the inspiration of the track, which aimed to capture the “rock and roll lifestyle.” “It was a dope phrase. I’ve always loved John Lennon’s swag – I like his glasses,” Lee said. “When you’ve reached a Beatle, it’s the ultimate co-sign.”


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