Step into the “Temple” everyone.
Harrison Bauer Rodrigues aka Baauer has teamed up with rapper M.I.A and Korean pop idol G-Dragon for the smash hit single “Temple”, the latest track off the beat-maker’s debut album “Aa” (pronounced as “Double A”).
Fans got their first taste of the track when Baauer premiered “Temple” at Alexander Wang’s New York Fashion Week show last month. The producer previously released 2 collaborations with some dope vocal guest spots: “Kung Fu” featuring Pusha T and Future, along with “Day Ones” featuring Novelist and Leikeli47.
Baauer, who was the man behind the viral success hit “Harlem Shake, shared with The Fader about how his collaboration with M.I.A came about: “M.I.A. was a dream idea. And we managed to do it through different people, we reached her and she was down. Most of the collaborations were long distance, but I worked with M.I.A. in London. She was a huge influence when I was younger. I think she’s so sick.”
Sick is exactly what this new song sounds like. “Temple” kicks off on a mellow note, one that is relaxing and rather calming. But as soon as producer Baauer drops his head-bobbing beats, M.I.A brings the song into its melodic trap glory. The rapper is right in her zone and she fires off some mean bars.
As G-Dragon takes the reigns, the BIGBANG frontman pronounces his greatness over the naysayers, reminding us once again of his reign as K-Pop royalty. Unsurprisingly, M.I.A. and G-Dragon’s individualistic rap styles results in a melting pot of sounds on “Temple”.
As Tamar Herman points out, this collaborative track explores what music can be like when geographical boundaries are surpassed and conventions are broken.
Listen to the explosive track below: