Winter Revolution: A Holiday Playlist for the Rest of Us

5 12 2010

25. Will Smith Feat. K-Ci – “Will 2K”

Why it’s on the list… I know Prince’s “1999” seems like the more obvious choice for the New Year’s song. But that’s exactly why I didn’t choose it.

This slightly-less-typical selection is a microcosm of Will Smith’s entire musical career.

Is the flow a little on the weak side? Yes. Is it seriously lacking when it comes to communicating a compelling message or a poignant emotion? Yes. Is it extremely dated? Yes. Even a little gimmick-y? Yes. Is it full of those hokey “ha, ha… ha,ha…” things Smith always did. Yes.

Guilty on all counts.

But for some reason “Will 2K” has an indomitable charm that forces me to like it. Some how it get’s me to “Rock the Casabah” against my own better judgment.

Even if I don’t want to admit it. Even if I can’t explain why (though I’m sure that sample by The Clash doesn’t hurt).

In the end the song manages to be successful because it works really hard at what it’s trying to do and has inexplicably strong charisma. Just like Will Smith himself.



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One response

8 12 2010

Great playlist! And I agree that the “Praise Santa” segment from Boondocks is pretty great! “Revolution” as a Christmas selection is a great idea, too…

I’d throw in some classics like “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” (simple yet profound) and “O Holy Night” (bit of abolitionist commentary).

I’ve been listening to a classical rendition (from the London Philharmonic) of Messiah over the last few holiday seasons. There’s some good stuff that Jones didn’t include. I had “Thou shalt break them” (from Ps. 2, follows the verses sung in “Why do the nations rage…”) stuck in my head last week. And of course, there’s the famous “Hallelujah Chorus”: “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ…” Hallelujah, indeed…

Have you heard Beck’s “Little Drum Machine Boy”? Hilarious and fun. 🙂

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