Fans of Young Thug have been eagerly anticipating the release of this “Rocket Man” remix since, oh, around 2016 when The Fader first reported that Elton John sent him the instrumentals to do with what he liked. Well, it’s finally here. It’s finally been leaked, first on Twitter, then on Reddit, then onto Soundcloud. Now you can listen and decide for yourself if the hype was worth it.
It’s a floaty, delicate, convention-destroying triumph, a three-minute burst of sci-fi glam-trap crossover that should have been a hit single. John’s vocals are still there—”I’m gonna be high” is a great setup for a trap ballad, obviously—but Thug runs away with it. His voice is limber and dextrous; he’s right up at the front of the mix; he rifles off “I’m living scary like a hundred highs / Lil mama sexy, I got butterflies” while Young Elton swims around in the background. It’s so goddamned good and you should really listen to it below.
That’s quite a rave.
Sir Elton has long been a fan of YT, even comparing him to the late John Lennon.
“I love all of that, it’s unexpected,” he told Noisey back in 2015 when asked about Thugger’s penchant for inspiringly bold fashion, not unlike the looks John was serving in the ’70s. “I remember when Blind Faith came out, with a nude girl and John and Yoko, you had to buy it in a black plastic bag. And you should be able to do things like that but we don’t live in that kind of world anymore.”