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LALALAND

By neonpajamas, 06/13/2013 - 5:30pm
A simpleton musing on a weekday in the nude, scrolling through iTunes and finding that a great deal of songs are called “La La” or “La La La.” Every single one of them spark magic. Maybe it's just me; maybe I love to sing along to children's choirs. The funky soul production of Raphael Saadiq on Lucy Pearl's “LALA” has enough groove to get Stevie Wonder on his feet. Lil' Wayne, in my humble opinion, was at his strongest during 2007's Tha Carter III sessions, when his collection of tracks leaked and he decided to re-record the album. Those initial sessions were wonderful, stuck in my car's CD player in college for months on end. One of those initially leaked tracks was “La La La,” quite possibly my favorite Lil' Wayne song. The chorus has a high-pitched sample chanting “La La La” to keep Weezy flowing. “I pray that I go where no other rapper has, and when you rappin' as vivid as I, the limit is the sky.” A track that always gets the party bouncing. Strangely enough, Lil' Wayne recorded another track full of La's, one that actually made it onto Tha Carter III, one called “La La” with Brisco and Busta, produced by the legendary David Banner. The sample is younger, on that toddler shit, and sounds great in a car. Everyone knows this song. “Started out hustlin', ended up ballin'.” Marlee B follows suit on his instrumental project, Medication Vol. 1. “La” (only one La?!?!) has kids chanting the hell out of some La's, bass thumping like he has been known to do all over Main Attrakionz projects. This beat has been known to destroy speakers and save marriages. Snoop Lion even goes in on his “La La La,” the video featuring kids dressed as animals as Snoop says nonsense, hoping the Jamaicans take him in as their own. Maybe not the strongest example that all songs with “La” in the title are powerful. That being said, if the song came on the radio, I wouldn't change it, but I might ask myself, “Why the hell is the radio playing?” Jay-Z goes in on “La-La-La” a Neptunes-produced track for the Bad Boys II soundtrack, sounding straight out of The Dynasty sessions. “Memph Bleek always smokin' that la-la-la, Beanie Sigel always smokin' that la-la-la, Neptunes track smoke like la-la-la, it's the Roc baby, sing a lullaby.” Even if you are familiar with Hova's la-la's, you haven't listened to the track in years. Refresh. To come to a close on my nonsense rant, Slum Village also has a “La La” but no samples of it, no kids singing “la la” like they know how, no Detroit rhymes tied with “La La,” they were probably just really stoned and couldn't think of a better title. Regardless, the track is dope. Lastly, it isn't in the title, but who could really forget Kiley Minogue's “Can't Get You Out of My Head”? Check the Flaming Lips doing a cover of it down below. La la la, la la la la la, la la la.
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