Keep the Jeep Ridin’
It says something about the state of rap music when the most consistently entertaining, comedic, and incisive lyrics come from rap parodies. Aside from Kanye West’s schizophrenic introspection, Eminem’s mellifluous intensity, and Nicki Minaj’ all-encompassing insanity, there are no imaginative lyricists in today’s rap game.
It’s been about 15 years since gangsta rap degraded into the bland mash of braggadocio, materialism, and promiscuity that we call rap, and yet, 15 years on, audiences still aren’t tired of it. It seems as long as money, jewelry, and loose women exist, we will have unimaginative rap music.
That is why I support any attempt to satirize this genre, or really any genre of music. By laying bare the overused tropes and tiresome themes of their targets, these parodies, at their best, force artists to innovate or be reduced to a punch line. Weird Al Yankovic and The Lonely Island are the most successful examples of this kind of satire, but they are far from alone.
Just a few days ago, a friend sent me a link to this video (thanks Sid!):
It’s so pitch-perfect I couldn’t tell if it was a joke or not. Turns out, these guys have an entire album of satires based on 90s R&B entitled Keep the Jeep Ridin’. The songs are not terribly well-produced but their comedy timing is unimpeachable. What’s more, most of the songs have a hilarious music video. (View them all here.) From the canted angles, retro dance moves, and frantic green screen zooming, you’ll be having MTV Jamz flashbacks.
Some of the most outrageous and brilliant lyrics are featured in “Lemme Smang It,” “Fried or Fertilized,” and, off their upcoming album, “Why I Gotta Wait??”
There’s not a lot of info on these guys but here’s an interview with my new favorite rapper, Flynt Flossy.