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What's The Song In The Second Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts Trailer?

The "Transformers" franchise has always been a solid money-maker, even if the critical reception has been less-than-stellar. Hopefully, things can get back on track with the seventh installment of the franchise, "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts." The first trailer gave viewers a great glimpse of the Maximals, which are transformers who turn into animal-looking machines rather than vehicles. And the second trailer ups the ante by showcasing the main threat of the movie — Unicron. 

The Maximals may have remained in hiding for a long period of time, but Unicron isn't your average threat. It's an entity that eats planets, so it's going to require the Transformers and Maximals, along with a few humans, to team up to take it down. As expected from a "Transformers" movie, the visuals and fight scenes look outstanding, and it appears the movie's really making the most out of its time period. 

The first trailer used a Notorious B.I.G. song to exemplify the 1990s setting, and the second trailer stays within that theme, even if the exact song choice is a bit anachronistic.

Transformers roll out on DMX's Ruff Ryders' Anthem

DMX exemplified '90s hip-hip, so it's only fitting for the second "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" trailer to use one of his songs, and it's one of his most recognizable. "X Gon' Give It To Ya" has pretty much been appropriated by the "X-Men" franchise, but that still leaves "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" for "Transformers" to use. It's one of his biggest hits that cracked into the Billboard Top 100 in February 1999, shortly after it was released, but it once again climbed the charts in 2021 following the rapper's untimely death. 

And while "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" is a good song and stays true to the hip-hop sensibilities "Rise of the Beasts" seems to be going for, hardcore rap fans may take umbrage with its usage. The second trailer for "Rise of the Beasts" makes a point to state that the film takes place in 1994. However, "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" came off of DMX's 1998 album, "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot." It's clear whoever made the trailer was simply going off of the vibes that "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" was generally a '90s song, and to its credit, it does fit the action really well. 

Hopefully, the film itself makes good use of '90s hip-hop throughout the plot to give it some extra flair. For now, fans can pour one out for DMX while getting pumped for "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" roaring into theaters on June 9.