Writing Durrty: “Dead and Gone” vs. “I’m On a Boat”

February 10, 2009

Alright, we might be the last people on the face of the earth to make this connection, but did y’all know The Lonely Island’s “I’m on a Boat” ft. T-Pain is the same song as T.I’s “Dead and Gone” ft. Justin Timberlake?

It’s no surprise that Timberlake and the Lonely Island crew have a close working relationship dating back to December ’07 with “Dick in a Box.”  JT even made an appearance in the Island’s “Jizz in My Pants” video, the first single off the Island’s first album Incredibad.  I don’t think it’s out of line to speculate that Timberlake probably wrote that song, as well.  Well, at least the bridge that goes “I jizz in my pants every time you’re next to me / and when we’re holding hands it’s like having sex with me,” because that’s minor scale melody 101 that Timberlake gleaned off Timbaland after all those nights spent recording Justified.  Just listen to the “Are You that Somebody” breakdown during “Dead and Gone.”  Dude learned.

This afternoon, after listening to “I’m on a Boat” for like the whateverth time, I decided to play along on my Mexican Strat.  A minor, C, F, G.  Cool.  Then I’m going through top Youtube vids of the day and see that the song Timberlake and T.I. did for the Grammy’s is up so I clicked on that, and, um, it’s basically identical to “I’m on a Boat”.  “Dead and Gone” goes A minor, C, G, F, E, which is somewhat different, but Timberlake’s melody is very similar to T-Pain’s on the Lonely Island track.

I’m not making accusations of theft or plagiarism.  In fact, I’m doing just the opposite.  I’m saying JT is the Lou Perlman of the Lonely Island; he’s the Turkish dude, Ahmet, that worked with Ray Charles; he’s Anthony Anderson to Samberg’s Terrence Howard in Hustle and Flow.  Timberlake probably wrote that Rihanna song “Rehab,” too since it’s soaked with that “leftover from Justified” stank.

Hot New Black Artist to Steal From Formerly Known as Prince

December 20, 2008

It was only a matter of time before Prince obsession bubbled to a boil and he ranked in the upper echelons of American songsters in the hearts and minds of today’s tastemakers.  Easy fan boy, I know, Prince never left so him being back is like water being cool again.

Thing is, over the past week the cryptic one has leaked four songs from his upcoming “guitar-heavy” album.  At the same time, in a confluence of circumstances that propel the zietgeist forward, Timberlake released a new track with T.I. that makes it very clear that JT’s past his Off the Wall cribbing phase and set his sights on Paisley Palace.  Easy, fan boy, I’m not saying JT’s Prince, but judging by the hook from “If I” he’s not fighting off the comparisons.

Obama Attacks Palin; McCain Goes After Biden?

October 29, 2008

Traditionally in American politics, it is uncouth for a Presidential candidate to directly attack the Vice Presidential nominee of the opposing ticket.  Though this election season is many things, traditional it is not.

Wednesday morning the Obama campaign revealed a new ad attacking John McCain’s knowledge on economic issues.  Toward the end the ad includes an image of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin winking during her debate with Sen. Joe Biden.  John McCain knows little about the economy, the ad says, and in 2007 he said he would choose a Vice President who could compensate for this deficiency.  His choice?  Winking Sarah Palin.

Not one to turn the other cheek, McCain today released his own ad attacking the “character” of Obama’s VP selection, Joe Biden.  With less than a week until the election, it appears the McCain campaign has forgone the October surprise and brought out the big guns, the kind that can get you rung up on weapons charges in Atlanta.

McCain Attack: Does Joe Biden Pal Around With Rappers?