RM a.k.a. Rap Monster's two verses on the track give the originally soaring pop rock track a hip-hop vibe.
BTS a.k.a. Bangtan Boys won't let people easily forget them, at least not until the rest of this year. Following their successful collaboration with Steve Aoki, one of the South Korean' boy group's members, RM (previously known as Rap Monster), is featured on the remix version of Fall Out Boy's "Champion".
The song just hit Spotify on early Friday, December 15, but it had been available a few hours before in other countries where the new day comes earlier. The revamped version has a hip-hop vibe thanks to a mellow tonal shift and RM's guest verses.
The 23-year-old rapper delivers his two verses in English. "Yo, should I be a star? Baby, I think I already are," he raps on the track. "Ain't gotta be somebody, be anybody, rather be anybody than live in a dead body."
He delivers his bars about living life to the fullest toward the end of the song, "What's wrong with the life of a passenger/ If somebody gotta be then I'mma be the messenger/ I'm just too young don't know what to believe in/ But too young, you know, not to be living."
Fall Out Boy and RM announced the collaboration on Thursday. "so great to work with @falloutboy," so the BTS member tweeted. Fans were excited about the collaboration as the hashtag #RMxFallOutBoy trended worldwide for several hours on Twitter following the announcement.
so great to work with @falloutboy
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) December 15, 2017
"Champion" is the second single from Fall Out Boy's upcoming seventh studio album "Mania". The song arrived on June 22 and peaked at No. 18 on Billboard's U.S. Alternative Songs chart.
As for the album, it won't arrive until January 19. Bassist Pete Wentz explained why they delayed the album release from September this year to next year, "There were some songs that weren't going to reach a wide enough demographic to be singles and at the same time they weren't meaningful enough to us – they were too middle of the road."
"We wanted to move the ball forward," he continued. "The great thing about the way people listen to music now is there's such disregard to genre. I think this record is expansive in that way."
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