music friday: luniz, “i got 5 on it”
Friday, June 15, 2012
I can’t get this song out of my head. The Giants have gotten Bay Area legend E-40 to do a couple of commercials encouraging fans to vote for their favorite Giants for the All-Star game.
The other night, I was at the ballgame, and they played a new video featuring 40 and Ursuleezy. The video works off of the idea that you can vote 25 times at once online. The video takes the unforgettable background of the Luniz’ big hit, with E-40 in the studio laying down new words about Panda and Posey and Romo. It’s called “Vote 25 on It”, and I’d say it was a bit of a sacrilege, except “I Got 5 on It” has been covered about 10,000 times by now, so what’s one more?
The thing is, “I Got 5 on It” is a song about going out and scoring some weed. As @SFGiantsFans tweeted, “Only the #SFGiants could turn a song about buying weed into an #ASG vote anthem.”
Here is the Luniz’ original, with Michael Marshall of Timex Social Club singing the chorus:
This is one case where the remix is better than the original. A group of Bay Area stars got together to re-do the song (yes, E-40 is on there). The impossible-to-forget musical loop and Marshall’s vocals are still in the mix, though, a good thing since they really make the song better. And after you’ve listened to all of these videos, you’ll understand why I haven’t been able to get the song out of my head since I saw that video at the Giants’ game.
That ad is damned cute!
"Mr. E-40" indeed. . .
Posted by: Charlie Bertsch | Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 12:20 AM