Pop Cesspool redefines the classics. Seventh in a series.
Artist: Obie Trice
Song: "Wanna Know"
Lyric: "And I ain't being cocky, if so accept my apology/Except, know I process my thoughts logically/First week's sales tops the toll from Tsunami"
Assessment: Trice has shown a proclivity for comical, mildly self-deprecatory lyrics, and the facetiously macho tone of "Wanna Know" made it the perfect bookend for a key episode of HBO's man-tastic "Entourage." But in these specific lines, Trice makes an unexpected choice for his source material. Instead of drawing from his Detroit upbringing for the punchline, he delves into the milieu of do-it-yourself (DIY) indie rock. The album-sales joke is most certainly on Trice: Tsunami was one of the leading bands in the '90s DIY movement, but its influence far outstripped its commercial appeal.
All things are relative, though. Jenny Toomey, the leader of Tsunami, noted in a speech at the Future of Music Policy Summit 2002: "My own band sold 14,000 copies of our first record and that was enough for us to live on for several years."
Vol. 6, LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out"
Vol. 5, 50 Cent's "21 Questions"
Vol. 4, Ultramagnetic MCs' "Travelling At The Speed Of Thought"
Vol. 3, Jay-Z's "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
Vol. 2, Deltron 3030's "Virus"
Vol. 1, A Tribe Called Quest's "Phony Rappers"