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The Chronic-WHAT-cles of Narnia

I am a long-time fan of "Saturday Night Live," but I often think that the greatness of the show is a thing of the past. Still, I watch. Religiously. Every so often, a cartoon by Robert Smigel or a comment on "Weekend Update" or a particular skit gives me a chuckle.

Last week, I got a hearty chuckle out of a spoof-rap clip that featured "The Dudes," Chris Parnell and new guy Andy Samberg, entitled "Lazy Sunday," but should have been called "The Chronic-WHAT-cles of Narnia." Anyway, as the NY Daily News reports today, the clip recorded over a million Internet downloads before the week was out, and the rookie Sanberg has truly left obscurity behind.

You could go directly to the NBC-SNL site above or to "You Tube" to see the "Lazy Sunday" clip. For a long-time music fan who has followed rap from its inception (see here), I think the clip is a total riot.

Comments welcome.

Comments

Oh, man, I haven't seen SNL in....decades....but just that clip makes me want to watch it again. Genius! Brilliant! Hysterical!

Looked at yr earlier article about rap and Eminem (I remember the bit about yr rushing to turn the sound down -- heh) -- what did you think of "Mosh"? Every time I decide I can't stand Eminem, he comes out with something brilliant like "Cleaning Out my Closet" or "Mosh" and I have to at least admire his artistry. The video for "Mosh" was amazing. And who would've thought Slim Shady would give a damn?

Several people have linked to that skit, but I don't get it. I realize that 'chronic' refers to weed, but seriously what's the big joke?

Moi, thanks for the posts, and I agree especially about the complex Eminem... who can sometimes truly surprise.

Jamie--good to see you! I honestly hadn't even thought of the "chronic" reference!

I'm tempted to say that if you have to explain a joke, it ain't funny. In truth, however, I thought the piece funny because it was so over-the-top exaggerated in its spoofing of the gansta genre: the rapping style, the seriousness of the delivery, the hard core beat, and even the use of "mother-f*cker" and a gunshot to close the clip. And it was a clip that glorified neither cop killers nor misogny, focusing instead on the experience of going to a movie on a "Lazy Sunday" and eating cup cakes!

Howdy Chris, it is good to talk to you again. It's been a while.

I guess I did get the joke after all. I just seem to be less enthusiastic about it than everyone else. [*Shrug*] Maybe I don't listen to enough rap or maybe the pot reference killed the irony for me.

Good essay on that SNL clip here, BTW: http://www.slate.com/id/2133316/

Aeon, that's a really good article.

And, in truth, people seem to forget that so much of rap began as an exercise in playfulness. Even the first "pop-rap" hit, "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang, remains one of the most delightful, funny rhymes in rap history. I can be very appreciative of "serious" raps targeting drug abuse and racism, but there is something to be said about having fun, and the SNL clip reminds us of that. Here, it's not making fun of rap, but having fun with rap. A big difference.

Hi Chris. Have you heard any of the rap-metal songs by Anthrax? You might like them. Anthrax might have been the first heavy metal band to cross over into rap. One of the songs, "Bring the Noise," is done with Public Enemy. Other good ones on their Attack of the Killer B's album are "Startin' Up A Posse" and "I'm the Man '91." I have them on mp3 and might be able to email them to you if you're interested.

Geoffrey, I sure do know the acts you mention. Thanks for bringing them to the attention of Notablog readers. There is a lot of hybridization going on at this point, in terms of cross-fertilization of styles. And then there is the phenomenon of the "mash-up"---wherein two styles are often "mashed" together through creative mixing.

Very interesting, sometimes remarkable stuff to listen to ...