While K-pop stars have gained new global fame over the past decade, major players in the esports world aren’t too far behind in greater recognition, as a new collaboration clearly shows. .
“Last Man Standing” is a new theme song created by K-pop super-producer Raiden, boy group The Boyz and T1, the South Korean esports organization with multiple world championship titles for the game hugely popular online multiplayer combat game. League of Legends. The track follows T1’s first foray into K-pop music with Raiden last year via “Runner,” which featured EXO member Baekhyun and Korean rapper Changmo. The collaboration will build support as T1 takes part in the League of Legends World Championship (also known as Worlds) which started in September in Mexico City, which will hold its quarter-finals on October 20 in New York, before the final in November. in San Francisco. Lil Nas X has been tapped to record the official anthem for all of League of Legend Worlds.
“Returning as executive producer for T1 2022’s theme song ‘Last Man Standing,’ I feel more confident than ever,” Raiden said. Billboard. “I imagined this song would ring in everyone’s ears as we walk towards the Worlds trophy. In our music video, we worked with ILLUMIN, a very talented creative director, on a ‘speak through the face’ message. light”. We captured the Boyz, the T1 players and myself as the last men to save the world. It’s very cinematic and I’m glad the Boyz were as passionate as I was in delivering this song to the both vocally and on set.
Produced by Raiden and co-written by The Boyz member Sunwoo, “Last Man Standing” is described as the culmination of various artists’ creative admiration. “We shared a lot of ideas together, so it’s really a collaborative project,” adds Raiden. “Sunwoo is such an amazing songwriter and rapper – it was a pleasure to work with him creatively as well.” Billboard can also share exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and thoughts from those involved.
“I’m a huge fan of T1 so it’s a dream to be able to deliver their Worlds 2022 theme song,” Sunwoo said of the track he helped co-write. “I think this song suits T1 and gamers very well. He has a majestic turn. What an experience – I would love to play and learn the game more from them. Looking forward to meeting you!”
Meanwhile, the frontman of T1 Faker adds that “It was great to work with Raiden again after ‘Runner’ and I hope the fans enjoy the music video for our theme song ‘Last Man Standing’ and cheer us on during the Worlds 2022.”
Raiden, T1 players and members of The Boyz were all on hand to shoot the music video for ‘Last Man Standing’ where The Boyz gave players an autographed copy of their latest album. To be aware featuring their summer hit “Whisper”.
“It was a very amazing and cool experience to be on set and be part of the same project with Raiden and T1 players,” The Boyz’s Jacob shares of the collaboration. “Personally, I’m a big fan of League of Legends and of course T1. ‘Last Man Standing’ is an amazing song!” Juyeon echoes the sentiment, “It was such a fun experience touring with Faker, Oner, and Gumayusi , and sing their anthem. I will always cheer for T1 and their result for the 2022 World Championship.”
Even in the recording process, Boyz leader Sangyeon said they imagined the song would help the League of Legends champions. “I recorded this song, hoping our voice can help strengthen T1 and their World Championship efforts. I couldn’t be happier with the final product. I hope for their best results at Worlds. This project brought The Boyz, T1 and Raiden together into one and I want to spread a happy message to everyone through this amazing song.
Additionally, many members of The Boyz also follow T1.
“As a T1 fan, I hope for the great results of T1 in their journey to T1 and beyond,” Younghoon said. “It’s an honor to be part of this project.” And Hyunjae says, “This song fits T1 like no other – it sounds heroic and powerful. I will always be a fan of T1.
The Boyz’ Kevin calls the collaboration “an honor”, member New called it “incredible”, while Q describes it as a “cool melody with a majestic edge”.
But Ju Haknyeon can sum it up best by saying, “It’s a project with the best team in the world T1 and global DJ artist Raiden, it’s an honor to have us all together for a song,” before saying add a message of encouragement of his own: ‘Let’s go, T1! Let’s take the Worlds!”
Watch the music video for “Last Man Standing” below: