By Lauren Vankeirsbilck
What do you get when u put three best friends from Junior High School together and allow them the opportunity to inappropriately ridicule the pop culture of today? An Incredibad stomach cramp from laughing so much, that’s what!
The Lonely Island’s debut album, Incredibad was released on February the tenth last year, and to this day their comedic musical parodies linger in the ears of the youth. It all started when Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg got together and formed an American comedy troupe performing skits for friends and the rest lies in history.
My first exposure to The Lonely Island was a memorable day as a couple of University students were dancing and singing along to the vulgar lyrics of The Lonely Island on their cellphones. The beat of their first single, Jizz in My Pants caught the hearts and minds of the adolescence. The crudely amusing songs had a catchy beat and witty lyrics that everyone could relate to. Jizz in My Pants sold 76000 downloads within the first two weeks of availability. It seemed that everyone wanted a piece of The Lonely Island and once the songs were performed on Saturday Night Live and included outrageous videos, The Lonely Island could not be stopped.
These three skinny white boys ingeniously took the essence of popular music and exposed, completely, how superficial it actually is. With songs titles such as Dick in a Box, Jizz in My Pants and Like a Boss this grotesque humour isn’t really for the conservative type. Surprisingly, these songs have mocked the music industry in such a professional manner that I’m on a Boat featuring T-Pain has even been Grammy nominated. If that doesn’t portray how talented these boys are, then I’m not sure what else possibly could.
These guys really know how to be inventive and inappropriate simultaneously. The album features grand artists such as T-Pain, Justin Timberlake and Natalie Portman, where they use this platform for the opportunity to mock the music industry and themselves. Their subject matter consists of sports, Christmas time and even the experience of being on a boat.
Their songs are addictive and comprise of things people would be too afraid to express in public. Their crude humour juxtaposed with an awesome beat makes them independent and stand out from the rest.