It also features producers J Randy and Nellz breaking down the track with frontman Jason Aalon Butler as he and McDaniels trade bars.
Butler offers a statement about the collaboration, explaining his connections to hip-hop.
“I learned most of what I know and utilize in my life musically, socially, and intellectually via hip hop music. I was obsessed with the idea of taking the adversity of the culture experienced and turning it into a song that moved to the beat of the human pulse while telling a story in a way that only adversity influenced culture could. In other words: REAL. I used to buy bootleg mixtapes from the cd man outside the barber shop every week and while I knew about RUN-DMC it wasn’t until I heard “Rock Box” on one of those weekly mixes that I got it. The moment I heard that mpc kick and snare hit in the track then into the distorted guitars and that intro solo.”
He continues, saying: “There was something that was literally perfect to me and my love of hip hop and rock music suddenly made sense. I was obsessed. I studied the flow. The clothes. THE CULTURE that DMC and his group created and, no word of a lie, I applied what I learned from him to what you hear now in FEVER 333. So it should come as no surprise when I say that this is one the greatest honors and achievements of my life in so many ways. I never thought 20 years ago when I heard DMC say “I couldn’t wait to demonstrate all the super def rhymes that I create” that he would be demonstrating on a track with my band. This shit is too crazy. All praise to the legend Darryl McDaniels for lettin’ em know- there’s a fever coming…”
DMC adds his thoughts on their collaboration, explaining how he and the band are empowering people across genres.
“Fever 333 gives me an opportunity to empower inspire and fight for all! Hip Hop, Punk Rock, and Hard Rock n Rock n Roll allow me to represent truth, equality, and goodness in a rebellious righteous religious way. I got a fever right now….and I’m proud to bring heat with FEVER 333!”
— FEVER 333 (@fever333) May 15, 2020
You can check out the track below. The album version of the song has amassed over 2 million Spotify streams since its release.
On top of the new remix, they’re also revealing a collaborative merch line.
All proceeds are going towards the Felix Organization co-founded by DMC and casting director Sheila Jaffe as a way of helping children in foster care.
The new merch items include a classic bucket hat and t-shirt and can be ordered here.
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