I finally figured out the importance of Skee-Lo's "I Wish"...


It's the last truly happy hiphop record ever. Put more specifically, hiphop has not been this happy since 1995. Just listen to it: the beat is cheerful, the raps are laughter, the scratching has a big smile on its face. These days, hiphop happiness can not happen like this—so unguarded, so vulnerable, so simple.

I read somewhere that a human male can only get an erection when his mind is certain that the situation (the bedroom, the bush) is safe, when he is certain no danger is around for miles. But if he hears something unexpected (the bush move), the erection goes right down and the defenses go up. This is hiphop today. Our happiness only rises when we are sure of our safety. We are not like "I Wish"—a happiness with no sense of or concern for being (or playing it) safe.