Humpday Videos: What’s Up Fatlip?
We here at Broke-Ass Stuart remember a kinder, gentler, funkier time when there was an entire network devoted to playing awesome new music videos. Men named Pinfield and women named Idalis would introduce block after block of original music videos from various genres interspersed with interviews with musicians and video directors, which would be followed by news and pop cultural updates delivered by an aging rocker in a suit and tie. Those days are gone, videos have given way to shows about dating, being from the Jersey Shore and the monotonous reality of blonde haired girls sipping lattes and texting people named Brody. Good music videos are being made though, and our mission is to bring you one a week on Wednesday to help you get over that hump.
For those who don’t know, Fatlip was one of the members of pioneering Southern California hip hop crew The Pharcyde whose drawling vocals, wry delivery, enthusiasm for weed and propensity for jazz and blues-inspired backbeats made them stars of the 90s.
In the mid 90s, gangsta rap started taking over the mainstream airwaves. Rappers bragged troubadour-style, about how much money they had, how many women they fucked and their long and detailed histories of violence. In response, Fatlip recorded the anti-rap, rap song, What’s Up Fatlip? in which he regales listeners through brilliant lyrical wordplay with typical hip-hop themes, all the things that make him a loser (“my girl is white/my game ain’t tight). The accompanying video shot by Spike Jonze is the perfect companion to this brilliant track.
Also his dance at the end is awesome.