I’m not usually one to promote parody tracks or joke-songs, simply because of the fact that there are too many “real” artists making music that’s worth talking about. But joke-music is an artform of its own, and occasionally it’s worthy of praise. In this case, respect is due to The Lonely Island for flipping 2012’s most loved-and-or-hated phrase— “YOLO”— and giving it new meaning for the new year. The group’s new song is, indeed, entitled “YOLO,” but their interpretation of that slogan is much different than that of Drake’s.
Rather than preaching debauchery in the face of impending doom, The Lonely Island instructs its listeners to take utmost caution throughout life. The song reaches hilarious levels in its descriptions of paranoia, with lines like “two words about furniture: killing machines.”
The main reason to watch the video (as with most Lonely Island videos), however, is for its guest features. Adam Levine does a good enough job providing some vocals on the song, but the true Man Of The Hour is Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick delivers a verse detailing how listeners should be careful with their finances. Lines like “Renting is for suckers right now / a dependable savings and you’ll retire with money in your account… BEAST!” are worthy of repeat listens.
It’s never been a secret that Kendrick Lamar’s clever and funny; his mixtapes and good kid, m.A.A.d. city are laced with satire and subtleties. But this is the first he’s been so straightforwardly, traditionally comedic. Check out the video below.