Hive Five: Our daily listicle of musical musings
Facebook has floated on the New York stock exchange! If you’re a business tech nerd, this is probably awesomely interesting news. For the rest of us though, here’s something far more entertaining — five examples of rappers using and abusing the social network in song shoutouts, plus a gratuitous picture of Snoop Dogg with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Soundtrack your social-network IPO party with this playlist.
1. Paul Wall, “Internet Goin’ Nutz”
Long before 50 Cent was cyber flirting with chicks on Twitter, Houston rapper Paul Wall was bragging about staying home and attempting to hook up with girls over the Internet. “So I log on to the Facebook/ I’m trying to find me a good look,” he raps, before going on to detail that he’s “Looking for a lil’ one night love/ I throw the bait and they bite the hook.”
2. The Streets, “OMG”
In which lovable lad Mike Skinner gets all distraught after he peeps the Facebook screen of someone he has his eye on and realizes that her status is “in a relationship.” Also included: the most emotive ever use of the phrase “plain Helvetica.”
3. J. Cole, “College Boy”
Fittingly for a social network conceived while its creators were in college, J. Cole’s ode to campus life includes a reference to Facebook. Using the site to pick up chicks, Cole explains, “You mad ’cause your girl on Facebook poking me/ So, uh, you know the G/ I hit her up like, “Hello Elle, I see you looking right the other day, LOL.””
4. Gummy Soul, “I Can’t Get Off the Facebook”
Just today, Hive favorites Gummy Soul dropped an R&B and hip-hop fused ode to Master Zuckerberg’s addictive platform with this joyous tune, “I Can’t Get Off the Facebook.” It’s funny, ’cause it’s true.
5. Asher Roth feat. Ludacris, “I Love College (Remix)”
Offering up a reminder about the potential perils of the social network scene, Ludacris brags about posting up footage of drunk girls on YouTube before adding, “I took some naked pictures of they ass and ’bout to post ’em on Facebook.” Disappointingly, Luda’s actual Facebook page is devoid of any Instagrammed pics of girls’ behinds.