Friday, June 06, 2008

Listening Post

There's nothing less funny than really white guys trying to co-opt hip-hop lingo -- particularly gangsta rap. And yet the level of good-natured goofball mockery that these guys heap on that entire aesthetic -- while still paying homage to its source material -- makes this song and video pure genius.

Here's Dynamite Hack doing Eazy E's Boyz-N-the-Hood.

(This song, by the way, is available as part of the unofficial "soundtrack" to my memoir, Dead Star Twilight. It and the rest of the music from the book can be found here and here, and downloaded from iTunes.)


Anonymous said...

I have been trying to think of the name of this band forever now! It was hidden in the recesses of my mind. Thank you for reminding me.

honest ape said...

Loved this tune since it came out. Love it!

dick_gozinia said...

Usually we're in lock step with our musical tastes Chez, but I'm calling shenanigans on this one. Dynamite Hack opened for Weezer in Milwaukee right before they reemerged with The Green Album. I've been to too many live shows to count and these guys have the distinct honor of being the worst band I've ever seen. The audience was already antsy because they took the stage 40 minutes after their scheduled start and proceeded to sound like ass, not engage the crowd, fuck up songs, and stumble through their one "hit song" featured in your post. They were summarily booed out of the building.

The above paragraph only begins to describe my level of disdain for this band.

Chez said...

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with having one hit, having that be your only passable song, and sucking live.

It doesn't negate the greatness of that one time that everything somehow fell into place.

jason said...

In similar terms, have you heard Ben Folds's version of "Bitches Ain't Shit?"

It's another laid-back, singer-songwriter version of classic gangsta rap (never played on the Rap-A-Thon because I couldn't have possibly worked the fader that quickly).