Fortnite: Battle Royale is indisputably the biggest game on the planet. Players in the World Cup are using its dances to celebrate goals; Drake and Marshmello, two of music’s biggest names, are both avid players; and Epic Games, the company that created Fortnite, is raking in somewhere between $200 and $300 million per month. While plenty of musicians love the game, most aren’t writing songs about playing it. Today, Pitchfork highlighted Murda Beatz, a Canadian rap producer who “has become fearless in his use of samples.” Beatz’s latest sample is ripped directly from Fortnite’s main menu theme song.
Featuring Yung Bans, Ski Mask The Slump God, and Lil Yachty over cavernous bass hits, “Fortnite” is a weirdly upbeat jam. The rappers pepper Murda’s track with references to in-game items, like the universally loved SCAR rifle and the bizarre Boogie Bomb, which makes whomever’s hit dance uncontrollably. (I should probably also note that some of the references are cartoonishly sexually explicit. It’s not for people with delicate ears.)
Like its namesake, “Fortnite” is a bop. It’s playful, collaborative, and just plain goofy. That makes it a perfect accompaniment to a session with your squad, whether that’s in-game or IRL.