The Wack Album
The Wack Album is the third studio album by American comedy hip hop group The Lonely Island. Recorded in Los Angeles and New York City with producers including TODAY, DJ Nu-Mark and Asa Taccone, it was released on June 7, 2013 by Republic Records; the album reached number ten on the US Billboard 200 and topped the Comedy Albums and Rap Albums charts. "3-Way", "YOLO", "Spring Break Anthem", "I Fucked My Aunt", "Diaper Money", "Semicolon", "Go Kindergarten" and "Spell It Out" were released as singles. As with previous albums by The Lonely Island, The Wack Album features a range of guest artists, including rappers Kendrick Lamar and Too Short, singers Lady Gaga and Adam Levine, Billie Joe Armstrong and former collaborators Justin Timberlake and T-Pain; the album was sold with a bonus DVD, featuring music videos for "YOLO", "Diaper Money", "We Need Love", "3-Way", "Spell It Out" and "Spring Break Anthem", as well as the one-hundredth SNL Digital Short, featuring a range of guest artists including Justin Bieber and Will Ferrell.
The Wack Album was a commercial success, although charted lower than its predecessor, 2011's Turtleneck & Chain. Critically, it was a similar story: the album was praised for its comedic lyrics and for the group members' performances, but received some criticism due to an alleged shortage of original ideas; the single "YOLO" performed well on several singles charts. The majority of recording for The Wack Album was conducted by The Lonely Island at Speakeasy Studios in Los Angeles, with additional sessions for "Dramatic Intro" and "YOLO" taking place at Downtown Music Studios in New York City, New York; the album was mixed by Jason Goldstein at Downtown Music and West Hollywood, California's Westlake Recording Studios, before Brian "Big Bass" Gardner mastered the record at Bernie Grundman Mastering in West Hollywood. Producers featured on the album include DJ Nu-Mark and Asa Taccone; the Wack Album features a number of samples – "Dumb Girl" by Run–D. M. C. On "Go Kindergarten", "Whirring" by The Joy Formidable on "YOLO", "Gloaming" by Ludovic Decosne on "Spell It Out", "The Bells" by James Brown on "I Don't Give a Honk", "Utai 1: Making of Cyborg" by Kenji Kawai on "The Compliments", "Universal Love" by Woods Empire on "Perfect Saturday".
Speaking about producing the single "YOLO", Needlz revealed that the song was intended to feature Katy Perry, that Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar were only added to the record "a week and a half" before its debut on Saturday Night Live. Following the release of their second album Turtleneck & Chain in May 2011, The Lonely Island released "3-Way", featuring Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga, as the final SNL Digital Short of Saturday Night Live season 36; the song is the third part of the series including "Dick in a Box" and "Motherlover", the video stars Patricia Clarkson and Susan Sarandon. Over 18 months "YOLO" was released as the second single from the upcoming album, after being debuted on January 26, 2013's Saturday Night Live by featured artist Adam Levine; the song reached number 60 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Wack Album announced during Saturday Night Live season 38, with a scheduled release of June in place. Shortly after the announcement, the group detailed a promotional video series called "Wack Wednesdays", in which a new song from the album was to be released on Wednesday every week up until the album's release.
The first song released as part of the series was "Spring Break Anthem", the video for which features an introductory segment in which actor Zach Galifianakis hosts a fictional talk show with guest James Franco. This was followed by "I Fucked My Aunt". Writing a review for the website PopMatters, Neil Kelly described the lyrical style of The Wack Album as being based on "quotable trash-talkin' lyrics, frequent profane comedic diamonds and straight-up gangsta flow"; the group is said to adopt a "nerdy-outsider persona" on multiple tracks, namely "I Don't Give a Honk" and "We Need Love". Despite the comedic nature of their lyrics, some songs are claimed to be serious in message, including the gay marriage-related "Spring Break Anthem". Writing a review for AbsolutePunk, Cody Nelson summarised the lyrics of a number of the album's songs. Nelson praised the first seven tracks on the album, but complained that interlude "Where Brooklyn At?" Marked an abrupt change in tone and interruption in flow, duplicated on other tracks.
Lyrical formulas identified by Pitchfork Media's Corban Goble include "stretching the same idea in different directions" and "continuing mastery of sending up bro culture". Consequence of Sound writer Michael Madden notes that "Diaper Money" includes lyrics about buying nappies and securing a grave plot, which are evidence that the group members have matured since their previous releases. Muc
Lazy Sunday (The Lonely Island song)
"Lazy Sunday" is a single and short video by American comedy troupe The Lonely Island. It was released on December 17, 2005 when it was broadcast on Saturday Night Live as their second Digital Short. Performed by Andy Samberg and fellow cast member Chris Parnell, the song and accompanying music video follow the two comedians as they eat cupcakes from the Magnolia Bakery, buy snacks at a convenience store, smuggle the food into a Sunday afternoon matinee of The Chronicles of Narnia; the song was written by Samberg and Parnell, as well as Lonely Island members Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, in one night. They recorded the following night in the comedy troupe's office and shot the music video around Manhattan two days using a borrowed camera. After being mixed and edited by Schaffer, the short was approved for broadcast on the next evening's telecast of Saturday Night Live by producer Lorne Michaels. Although the writers worried the studio audience would respond to the short negatively, the video received a positive reception and enjoyed Internet stardom overnight, with multiple bootleg copies surfacing on video-sharing website YouTube, catapulting the awareness of the then-fledgling website.
The song and video brought forth positive critical reception, with many hailing it as a revival for the stagnant series. In retrospect, commentators have named "Lazy Sunday" as one of the best Saturday Night Live moments of the 2000s; the track "Lazy Sunday" and its accompanying music video follow the two cast members, who adopt the brash personas of hardcore rappers. The song follows their quest to achieve their "ultimate goal" of attending a matinee of the fantasy film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; the lyrics involve subjects that are "anything but hardcore," such as eating cupcakes from the Magnolia Bakery, searching for travel directions on MapQuest and buying tickets with $10 bills. Samberg described the lyrics as "two guys rapping about lame, sensitive stuff."Schaffer and Taccone had been on the writing staff for nearly three months, yet to this point they had only two live sketches that survived the dress rehearsal process and made it on air. Parnell, Samberg and Taccone wrote "Lazy Sunday" on the evening of December 12, 2005.
They recorded the following night in the office The Lonely Island occupied together using a laptop Taccone bought on Craigslist. While colleagues were rehearsing and rewriting that Saturday's show, the group spent the morning of December 15 shooting their video with a borrowed camera; the video used the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Chelsea to stand in for a multiplex cinema and Taccone's girlfriend's sister, comic Emily Heller, to play a convenience-store clerk. Schaffer spent the entire next night editing the video and working with technicians to bring it up to broadcast standards. In the moments preceding the show's live performance and broadcast, the team learned from Michaels that "Lazy Sunday" would be shown on that night's show; the three comedians were worried about how the video would be received by the studio audience. The short received a positive response. "It played well, we were just super happy about that," said Samberg. The video aired during the actor's first season on the show, when he and the comedy troupe were little known to Saturday Night Live's most devout fans.
"It captures a certain scrappiness about the show. There's an unpolished realness to it that I think people can relate to," said Saturday Night Live veteran Amy Poehler. By the following morning, the video was a national cultural sensation. Schaffer and Taccone were contacted by friends who heard the track played on radio stations and in bars. "Lazy Sunday" inspired a line of T-shirts, released during the initial boom of popularity in the weeks after its release. The short was available after its broadcast through the iTunes Store, made free for subscribers. Additionally, it was shared via e-mail; the video was viewed more than five million times on YouTube before NBC Universal asked the site to remove it, along with several other copyrighted NBC video clips, in February 2006. NBC placed the short on its SNL site and Hulu. In August 2013 the official SNL channel uploaded "Lazy Sunday" to YouTube. Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade "best-of" list, saying, "the hallowed genre of'white dudes rapping about mundane stuff' reached new heights of hilarity with Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell's 2005 ode to an afternoon viewing of The Chronic—what!—cles of Narnia."
On May 19, 2012, Samberg and Parnell collaborated on "Lazy Sunday 2", which starts off to the first one, with more modern references such as Siri, seeing Sister Act on Broadway instead of Narnia. In the break between verses, the song is dubstep instead of the regular instrumental like in the original. However, in the middle of a song and Parnell transform the song into a darker dubstep mafioso rap song. Samberg used Lazy Sunday 2 to bring a close to his time on SNL, with the final lines referencing how the first Lazy Sunday had been the opening chapter of his celebrity, the sequel was how he would end his SNL tenure. "On these New York streets, I honed my fake rap penmanship. That's how I began, that's how I'mma finish it!" Thanks to "Lazy Sunday"'s initial iTunes success, Apple announced they had licensed several archived Saturday Night Live sketches to offer for download in January 2006. The success of "Lazy Sunday" encouraged Michaels to trust the troupe more and push their mate
Angel (Pharrell Williams song)
"Angel" is the second European single from Pharrell's debut album, In My Mind. The song debuted on November 29, 2005 in the UK and was backed by BBC Radio 1, where at one point it was their most played record, it was made Record of the Week by UK DJ Scott Mills. The single was due for release on December 5, 2005, but because the album In My Mind was pushed back, the single was released on January 21, 2006; the single was not released in the U. S. or Australia due to the underperformance of "Can I Have It Like That" in both countries. There are two versions of the "Angel" video; the first, never released to television, combined both animation and live action shots. The second video, directed by Hype Williams, was the version released to television in the UK and is the more known version. UK CD "Angel" "Angel" UK DVD "Angel" "Angel" "Can I Have It Like That" UK Vinyl "Angel" "Angel" "Angel" "Angel" UK Promo CD "Angel" "Angel" "Angel" "Angel"
"We're Back!" is the first track and third single from The Lonely Island's second album Turtleneck & Chain. The song was first performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 1, 2011 while the album was released on May 10, 2011; the video contains a cameo appearance from Ugly Betty actress America Ferrera. The song consists of a form of call and response between Jorma Taccone on one hand, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg responding with brief rhymes; these rhymes center around sexual and scatological themes, including erectile dysfunction, genital odors, incontinence and STDs. A comic effect is achieved by the contrast between the self-aggrandizing style typical of mainstream hip hop music, the self-deprecating lyrical content. A typical exchange goes: Jorma: Lonely Island, Grammy-nominated, yeah! Hit'em again. Akiva: Yo straight out the box with my soggy, little shrimp I was an eight year old girl before the doctor found my dick! Jorma: We make too much money for this shit! Murder music... The song prominently features a sped-up sample from "That" by Laura Lee.
Within a few days of its release, the video for the song had received over a million hits on YouTube. Salon.com's Drew Grant found the song "not as catchy as some of their other work", but still appreciated its way of "subverting the standard conventions of hip-hop". Jay Hathaway of Urlesque called the track "the most gangsta ode to erectile dysfunction ever". "We're Back!" on artists' home page "We're Back!" on YouTube
Incredibad is the debut studio album of the American comedy troupe The Lonely Island, released on February 10, 2009, through Universal Republic Records. Composed of writers and childhood best friends Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, the album consists of hip hop-inspired comedy songs and skits with a satirical slant on traditional hip hop culture; the album is composed of tracks composed by the troupe for broadcast on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Samberg was hired as a cast member, with Schaffer and Taccone as writers for the series in late 2005. After the quick production and national success of "Lazy Sunday", the comedians began writing and recording tracks for their debut album. Collaborators on the album include T-Pain, Norah Jones, Jack Black, E-40, Julian Casablancas, Sly & Robbie, DJ Nu-Mark, J-Zone, Natalie Portman, Chris Parnell, Justin Timberlake; the comedy group was formed by the three friends while in junior high school in the mid-1990s in Berkeley, California. By the turn of the millennium, the three struggling comedy writers graduated from college and created a website, the Lonely Island, to house their self-produced skits and video experiments.
Short movies including everything from cartoons assembled from clips of old Nintendo games to satirical rap videos in the styles of their favorite hip-hop artists. "Honestly every single one of the films was done at like 4 in the morning, kind of drunk," recalled Taccone. The Internet allowed the three to develop their comic voices without the pressure of having to deliver professionally polished work; the videos provided the team with new opportunities: they landed an agent and pilot deals with Comedy Central and Fox, after which the group relocated to New York City. The three soon landed writing jobs for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards. Hosted by Saturday Night Live alum Jimmy Fallon, Fallon was impressed by the group's material and recommended them to Lorne Michaels and executive producer of Saturday Night Live; the group spent four days frantically writing in preparation for Samberg's audition as a cast member, which he "nailed". "There were about three days where we were facing the possibility that we might have to split up," said Samberg.
"It was the biggest relief ever." In September 2005, Andy Samberg joined the cast of the show for its 31st season, with Schaffer and Taccone hired as writers for the series. Samberg became a rookie on the show, toiling long hours to earn a spot in two. Along with cast member Chris Parnell, the group wrote "Lazy Sunday" on the evening of December 12, 2005, they recorded the following night in the office The Lonely Island occupied together, using a laptop Taccone bought on Craigslist. Whilst colleagues were rehearsing and rewriting that Saturday's show, the group spent the morning of December 15 shooting their video with a borrowed camera; the video was shot around Manhattan using multiple low-budget techniques. Schaffer spent the entire next night editing the video and working with technicians to bring it up to broadcast standards. In the moments preceding the show's live performance and broadcast, the team learned from Michaels that "Lazy Sunday" would be shown on that night's show; the three comedians were worried about how the video would be received by the studio audience, but were relieved when the episode received a positive response.
By the next morning, the video was a national cultural sensation, with congratulatory phone calls delivered from friends for "breathing fresh air" into the show. The rap began to be played on radio stations and in bars, bringing the group to superstardom overnight; when "Lazy Sunday" first aired, the group was unknown to the show's most devout fans, but afterward, was given national exposure. Many of the songs on the album debuted on Saturday Night Live as SNL Digital Shorts; the tracks that premiered as digital shorts on the show were licensed to Universal Republic from NBC and Broadway Video, although Universal Music retains phonographic copyright of these works. The music videos for songs "Lazy Sunday", "Like A Boss", "Jizz in My Pants", "I'm on a Boat", "We Like Sportz", "Boombox", "Dick in a Box" are all available for viewing in HD on YouTube; the album is available on vinyl. ITunes and YouTube are the primary distributors of the album's accompanying music videos. Prior to the album's release, "Jizz in My Pants" sold 76,000 downloads in its first two weeks of availability.
The song "Iran So Far", featuring Adam Levine, was supposed to be the 18th track of the album, but the rights could not be secured because of the Aphex Twin sample used in the track. About this, Taccone said, There were some sample-clearance issues. For that song I sampled..."Avril 14th," and his publishing company wouldn't give us the rights. They cleared it for SNL. If we make a Best of SNL Shorts DVD, we can put it on there, it can be on repeats of SNL, but it wasn't cleared for the album. Asked for an outrageous amount of money. Samberg added, "For the record, Aphex Twin was super cool about the whole thing, it was the label." The Lonely Island is considering doing some live appearances to promote the album but scheduling around Saturday Night Live is a challenge because it takes priority. The New York Times gave the album a positive review, including the album on its Critics Choice list of the week, only taking issue with the group's no-fi pre-Saturday Night Live material. Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars, calling it "the new frontier of'White and Nerdy'."
All Music gave the album four out of five stars, calling it a "fully committed comedy album...that's just as hip and inappropriate as digital shorts." Billboard magazine said the album shows the band's "deft
SNL Digital Short
An SNL Digital Short is one in a series of comedic and musical video shorts created for NBC's Saturday Night Live. Produced and written by The Lonely Island, the series was originated by Adam McKay, in collaboration with SNL hosts and cast members; the segments were recorded with consumer grade digital video cameras and edited on personal computers. It is usual for the episode's hosts and musical guests to take part in the episode's short, several shorts have included celebrity cameos; the shorts took fewer than five days to complete. Akiva Schaffer has directed a majority of them, with Taccone as occasional co-director. Taccone, along with his brother, have produced music for the shorts as necessary. With the departure of Samberg from SNL in 2012, it was speculated that the era of videos branded "An SNL Digital Short" had come to an end, although the episode on January 26, 2013 featured a Digital Short, as well as two during the Samberg-hosted season 39 finale on May 18, 2014. Another short was aired during the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special on February 15, 2015.
On May 21, 2016, another short was aired to promote The Lonely Island's new movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. 11 shorts were aired during the 2005–2006 season. A total of 12 shorts were created for 2006–2007. A total of 11 shorts were created for 2007–2008. A total of 16 shorts were created for the 2008–2009 season. A total of 19 shorts were created for the 2009–2010 season. A total of 17 shorts were created for the 2010–2011 season. A total of 14 shorts were created for the 2011–2012 season. One short was aired during the 2012–2013 season, it was during an episode hosted by Adam Levine featuring a live cameo by Andy Samberg. Two shorts aired during the 2013–14 season, in the episode hosted by Andy Samberg. One short was aired during the 2014–15 season. One short was aired during the 2015–16 season. One short was aired during the 2017-18 season; these shorts were filmed and shown to the studio audience during the weekly SNL dress rehearsal, but were not included in the live show and have yet to appear on air.
Produced by The Lonely Island, and/or labeled Digital Shorts on official YouTube postings, these shorts aired on an SNL episode but not with the official SNL Digital Short title card. As with the Digital Shorts, these are directed by Akiva Schaffer. However, according to the official LonelyIsland website, the MacGruber shorts are directed by Jorma Taccone and written by Will Forte; the short "Lazy Sunday", which aired December 17, 2005, was viewed more than five million times on YouTube alone before it was removed due to copyright infringement. In late 2006, however, NBC began uploading SNL shorts on YouTube themselves; the short "Dick in a Box" which aired in December 2006, was viewed more than 28 million times on YouTube. It was available uncut on YouTube with a special warning, stating that the sketch contained explicit language, censored from the television version; the short won an Emmy Award. The Shooting known as Dear Sister, was broadcast during an episode aired April 14, 2007; the short satirizes the final scene of The O.
C.'s second-season finale. The Lonely Island had the idea for the short before being hired by Saturday Night Live and had recorded their own version of the short; the NBC network, which uploads Saturday Night Live digital shorts to its official site and YouTube channel following broadcast, did not do so for Dear Sister due to music clearance issues. It became immensely popular on YouTube with artists making parodies, re-enactments and other references. Keith writes a letter to his sister; as Keith responds, explaining he hasn't seen his sister in a long time and inexplicably shoots him. In the following overly dramatic, slow-motion death overdubbed by a cue of "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap, Dave is seen visibly shaken as Keith, in shock, collapses; as Dave gathers his bearings, Keith shoots him in return, having recovered from his injury long enough to exact his revenge to the same music cue. After both men have fallen to the ground from their separate shootings, another man, enters looking for them.
Dave comes back to life to shoot Eric in the stomach. The sister herself enters the scene, begins to read the letter until she too is shot in the gut several times by each of the three men on the ground, with the music cue restarting with every shot, until she collapses too; the short ends as two police officers are observing the crime scene. One finds the letter, left on the table near the brother's body, begins to read; the letter is revealed to be a prediction of each shooting, in detail, ends claiming that two police officers will come across the letter and shoot each other after reading it. While the reading officer laughs it off, his partner turns and shoots him as the reading officer shoots him as well to overlapping "Hide & Seek" cues. On April 16, 2007, two days following the initial air date of the sketch, the Virginia Tech shooting occurred and became the deadliest school shooting in modern U. S. history. Noam Cohen of The New York Times criticized fans of the short for insensitivity when they continued to make YouTube videos based on it.
Dear Sister video on Lonely Island Website
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular