While most of the dance world is looking at the ’90s for inspiration, leave it to the White Tyrese to relive the ’00s. Using Green Velvet’s “La La Land” is absolutely brilliant because the original track was a scathing and sarcastic attack on drug abuse in clubland. Kaptn flips the song by adding a few lines to fit his party boy lothario persona, and suddenly it has the same vibe as his buzz record “Ricky Ricardo.” The first verse is about the availability of drugs and their pleasurable results, while the second focuses on an aspiring actress/model who messes up her life by doing too much, which makes it kind of disjointed when half of it is similar in theme to Tiesto’s “Wasted” and the second half is all Grandmaster Flash “The Message.” The video featuring clips from ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ is quite brilliant and even further blurs the intent. Regardless, it’s great to hear an underground classic get rediscovered as we look forward to the year 2024 when the 2000s house revival is scheduled to kick in.
It?s amazing the response we got to our NotableDance.Com Earplugs that we handed out during the Promo Only Summer Sessions. Check out these pictures of the dance music world?s finest holding up the infamous earplug cases?
Like the rest of the world, we first heard about KAPTN when Miley Cyrus got wild in his “Juice” video – a slowed down/weed-ed out take of Psy/LMFAO electro hip-pop. Going even more into the novelty direction, the Los Angeles rapper has reimagined the classic “I Love Lucy” characters as alcohol-fueled party people. The track has so many hooks that it could fuel its own drinking game: elements of Modjo-esque disco house, trap-like drum fills, the title “Ricky Ricardo” spoken in a similar effect as DuckSauce’s “Barbara Streisand,” and the soca-esque “she’ll be back” all combined for a fun and pervertedly playful hip-hop/house hybrid jam. In this era of ubiquitous product placements, you’ve got to love that he name checks “Johnson & Johnson” baby powder, and if it’s a paid placement, then corporate America really is getting hip on how to reach the new generation of young consumers.