What do you do when you want to drop a sick freestyle but your beatboxing buddy isn't on hand for accompaniment? Turn to your iPhone, apparently. The internet has recently discovered that Siri is capable of laying down a rudimentary beat. Ask Apple's digital assistant to beatbox and it will spit a loop of "boots and cats," a basic beatboxing mantra that Siri says it's "been practicing."
The fact Siri can beatbox isn't an entirely new discovery. Daichi, one of the internet's best-known beatboxers for this demonstrative video, uploaded a clip in December last year showing Siri beatboxing in Japanese. Like the English-speaking version, Japan's Siri says it's been practicing the beat, but in this case it shows — it's faster, slicker, and closer to an actual beat than the "boots and cats" refrain. Others in the past have taken a more lo-fi approach to the problem, as shown in a video in which a French iPhone owner simply punched in a set of random consonants for Siri to repeat, to surprisingly effective results.
Budding DJs might be able to chain iPhones together, using Siri requests to put laughter, sad trombones, fart noises, and other sounds from Apple's library over the top of the assistant's repetitive beat. But if you want to use it to search for actual songs, you'll need to be subscribed to Apple Music — Siri denies any requests for music chart information unless you're a member of the streaming service.