50 years after its original release, Nova favourite, Chicago’s “25 Or 6 To 4,” has been reimagined as a hip-hop anthem with new vocals by indie rapper realnamejames.
In the US this already appeared in November 2019 as a part of the launch of the U.S. Army’s “What’s Your Warrior?” marketing campaign, IE join the US Army, we’re great!
Now, today A full-length version of the “25 or 6 to 4 (GoArmy Remix)” is now available for download and on all digital streaming services.
“I so respect the skills of realnamejames with his tour de force rap that creates a metaphor for bravery and accomplishment,” says Chicago singer/keyboardist Robert Lamm, who wrote “25 or 6 to 4.” “It’s exciting to have my song morph into a powerful audio/video experience.”
“25 or 6 to 4” appeared on Chicago’s self-titled second album and became the band’s first top-five hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #4.
It was recorded by the group’s original lineup of Lamm, singer/bassist Peter Cetera, guitarist/singer Terry Kath, drummer Danny Seraphine and horn players Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walter Parazaider. Cetera handled lead vocals on the track.
The lyrics of the original song reflect Lamm’s experience writing a song in the middle of the night. The title is a reference to the time he was writing the song, 25 or 26 minutes before 4 a.m. While Lamm focused on overcoming a creative hurtle, the new lyrics written for 25 OR 6 TO 4 (GoArmy Remix) concentrate on the pursuit of personal achievement.