Butcher Brown Revisits Run-D.M.C. To Get ‘Down With The King’ For ACC Network

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The fellas of Butcher Brown are no strangers to covers or brand collaborations. On the remake front, we’ve heard them take on the works of Patrice Rushen, Erykah Badu, Brandy and others in recent years. Meanwhile, the quintet soundtracked NFL’s Monday Night Football for ESPN with their take on Little Richard’s “Rip It Up.” They’re back at it again, this time taking on Run-D.M.C.’s 1993 cut “Down With The King” for ESPN’s ACC Network and its Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college basketball coverage.

The Butcher Brown version of “Down With The King” doesn’t veer too far from the original at first. There are the familiar record cuts as the initial distorted sample is played to epic effect. The rest of the instruments are a bit more organic as they add guitar and some more diverse melodies into the mix. And though they might be covering Hollis, Queens’ finest, the fellas had to infuse their take with their own jazzy sensibilities while repping where they’re from.

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“Virginia music is one-of-a-kind, and always has been, just like the ACC,” Butcher Brown’s lyricist and horn player Marcus Tennishu said in a press release. “The Richmond aesthetic comes from a place where everyone is really diehard and blue collar — you work for what you get. We wanted this remake to be derivative of the original, but we had to put our own twist on it.”

You’ll be able to hear the Butcher Brown take on “Down With The King” during promotional spots on the ACC Network starting this month. The song will also be played during airings of ACC Network’s basketball show Nothing But Net. But you don’t just have to be a college basketball fan to hear the crew’s latest as you can listen to the full track below.

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