I should not love New Boyz’ “You’re A Jerk.” Indeed, this song represents many things that I, as an increasingly crusty hip-hop head in 2009, should by all rights hate: A maddeningly repetitive beat, lyrics whose sole purpose appears to be popularizing some sort of dance fad, new-fangled “swagger” and hipster style privileged over actual musical content. I mean, it comes from an EP titled Skinny Jeans and a Mic. Skinny jeans are not one of the original elements of hip-hop, people!
But you know what? “You’re A Jerk” has a hold on me. There’s just something so ineffably catchy going on here. It’s like an unholy union of the best parts of the Clipse’s “Mr. Me Too,” Mims’ “This Is Why I’m Hot,” Lil Wayne’s “A Milli,” D4L’s “Scotty,” and every Soulja Boy song ever — and by some bizarre alchemy, New Boyz have managed to create something more enjoyable than any of those inspirations (with the possible exception of the Clipse tune). Special credit also goes to New Boyz rapper Legacy, who brings an effortless Warren G cool to his opening verse.
I know I can’t be the only one who’s found myself kind of loving “You’re A Jerk” against all my best instincts. Go ahead and check it out below, then speak up: Anyone else feeling like a “Jerk”?
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