“I thought I just discovered the coolest drum beat in the world… all of a sudden I realize every Justin Bieber song has it…”
It’s always interesting when someone “discovers” something about your culture that you’ve known about damn well all your life. If it’s not a chopped cheese sandwich, mofongitos or even the entire concept of NYC bodegas, it’s our music. Well, this interview with Foo Fighters frontman and ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl reveals that he happened to stumble upon reggaeton when working on the Foo Fighters song “Run.”
According to the interview above, he thought following his high-energy guitar riff with a quick drum beat created a cool sound that he’d never heard before. A music producer pointed out, “Oh, you’ve brought us a Reggaeton beat,” to which he replied, “What’s reggaeton?”
Then Grohl exclaimed, “Every fuckin’ Justin Beiber song has it… I was like, ‘Oh no.'” Although I shook my head to that, it’s not entirely wrong, as The Beibs has indeed co-opted the sound time and time again. Seems like a theme here…
Here’s the song below. The “reggaeton” beat starts around one minute mark:
Cardi B is living her best life, especially this week, and it’s only Wednesday. She’s topping charts, performing on television, and getting shout outs from the biggest names in music. She’s establishing herself as more than a one hit wonder by dropping a dope feature. She’s doing shows all over with fans shouting her lyrics from the tops of their lungs.
What could possibly go wrong? Who could possibly say a negative thing about this success story? Well…
On Sunday, the Bronx-born rap star was ending a run of Florida shows in Miami…
She made history as only the second female rapper (with no guest performers) to get to the top since Lauryn Hill in 1998, and also became the first person of Dominican descent to ever get to #1 by herself.
On top of that, Atlantic’s meeting to give her a plaque was just a cover for her surprise party with her closest friends and family.
Cardi posted a video of Azealia Banks enthusiastically singing along to “Bodak Yellow.” If the line “One of the reasons Bodak Yellow went #1! Cuz even the HATERS love it!” isn’t an example of Cardi B’s intelligence, I don’t know what is.
Let’s hope they keep it on wax and it stays a healthy competition between the two NYC talents.