Imagine Dragons Kendrick Radioactive

One of the most difficult-to-process moments in last night’s Grammy telecast was the collaborative performance by Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar, which mashed up ID’s “Radioactive” and Kendrick’s “m.A.A.d. city” with what seemed like new material mixed in. Well, today there’s a “Radioactive” remix online that does indeed feature a new Kendrick verse, and even more so than the coordinated white-hoodie headbanging of last night’s gig, it first toes and then obliterates the line between exhilaratingly urgent live band hip-hop and churlish late-’90s nu metal, culminating in what sounds like a hyperventilating Kendrick having a nervous breakdown and while wondering how it ever came to this. Hear K-Dot get his Durst on with America’s favorite rock band below.

Tater tots! The “Radioactive” remix is on iTunes and Spotify now.

Comments (5)
  1. I thought Led Zeppelin was America’s favorite rock band.

  2. I’m not a big fan of this, but Kendrick’s live version on the Grammy’s was awesome.

  3. This was better live, in large part because of the way Imagine Dragons came in so hard after Kendrick’s remix verse, this version doesn’t have that at all since it just uses the exact same chorus from the normal song. It’s kind of a weird transition.

    This is about as good as an Imagine Dragons/Kendrick Lamar collaboration could ever dream of being and I think they should be commended for that. This could have been really, really bad.

  4. Imagine Dragons is as much of a rock band as Mackelmore is hip hop, which is to say not at all. Actually on second thought Mackelmore is more hip hop than Imagine Dragons is rock n roll.

  5. Chris, even if it’s technically true in the Grammified pop sense, please don’t subject us to the notion that Imagine Dragons is America’s “favorite rock band”. Please.

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