Sometimes I feel like it's my whole purpose in life to publicly enjoy the things that young men enjoy so as to ruin their ability to enjoy it. I mean, seriously, you think when Mrs. Wigglebottom and I cruise up West End Avenue with the windows down and the rap music blaring that it doesn't make all the teenage boys who are trying to scare the old folks cringe just a little?
Lately, I have been totally digging on Juelz Santana's song "Oh Yes." I even found the video
so that you can watch it, because I'm just that kind of nice.
This song works for one reason... well, okay, one and a half reasons. The half a reason is that the little bit at the end is very catchy.
The one reason is that Santana has picked a good, instantly recognizable song "Mr. Postman" to sample from and he uses that sample well. Usually, when rappers use samples, they either just find a hook they like and let it loop in the background (see Sean Combs' using "Kashmir" on "Come With Me") or they fully integrate it into the song (and, fuck me, now that I have "Come With Me" stuck in my head, I can't think of any examples of the other kind. Damn you Sean Combs!!!!!! Or, I guess, you could just cite any Combs song with or about Biggie Smalls).
Santana, though, manages to accomplish both. The sample is catchy and hooks you in and then, just as you think you can stop paying attention to it and leave it in the background, he's all like "I don't (wait). I won't (wait)." pulling in the "wait" from the sample.
It's a nice touch.
The video cracks me up, too, because I'm pretty sure that he only had enough footage for a third of a video and just repeated it as needed, to fill up the time. How else to explain how often we have to watch him fucking with his bandana?