Friday, March 23, 2018

Sometimes the Comment Section is Gold

Anyone who has ventured into the comments section knows that it is often a cease pool of negativity, ignorance, and hate.  Especially on YouTube.  Then every so often you come across one that is just pure freaking gold.  Enter Snow - Informer 1992 HQ on TheVisiting

First up, a bit about the song.  From our good friends at the Wikipedia --
"Informer" is a 1992 song by Canadian reggae musician Snow from his debut album 12 Inches of Snow. Produced by MC Shan, who also contributed a rap verse, the single was a chart-topping hit, spending seven consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was his biggest hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached Number 2, behind two different number one singles. In 2007, the song was ranked Number 84 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s.[2] Conversely, the song was included in Pitchfork's 2010 list of "the seven worst U.S. Number 1 singles of the 90s".[3]
Now in my humble opinion, being included on Pitchfork's list of worst # 1 hits of the '90s is a badge of freaking honor.  And maybe this is the teenager in me that remembers when this song came out and how it was just too fun and catchy to hate.  There is an exuberance to "Informer" that is just too ridiculous not to love, but hey it was the '90s and all sorts of wacky shit was going on back then.  God I miss the early '90s... 

This song was a huge hit.  Huge hit.  It was all over the radio, the video was all over MTV, it was everywhere.  And in a not-so surprising turn of events, Snow went on to become a one-hit wonder and the guy who produced the song lives in a homeless shelter (okay that one's kind of shocking). 

For those who have never heard the song, it consists of an ultra catchy beat and Jamaican-style rapping that is unbelievable infectious while at the same time nearly indecipherable.  Here's the chorus --
Informer, ya' no say daddy me Snow me I go blame
A licky boom boom down
‘Tective man a say, say daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down
Informer, ya' no say daddy me Snow me I go blame
A licky boom boom down
‘Tective man a say, say daddy me Snow me stab someone down the lane
A licky boom boom down    
And that is pretty much what you get throughout the entire song.  I think it's kind of dirty and it's probably a bit naughty but in reality I have no idea what in the hell this dude is actually saying.  But man he sounds great doing it! 

Back in 2010 the YouTube channel TheVisiting uploaded the music video for "Informer."  This channel's other videos include Lords Of The Underground - Chief Rocka 1993 HQMad Kap - Proof Is In The Puddin' 1993 HQ, and 3rd Bass - Triple Stage Darkness 1989 HQ just to name a few.  TheVisiting knows their old school hip hop and it shows.  I love channels like this.  Late '80s and early '90s hip hop was awesome and finding places like this with these videos provides such a great trip down memory lane. 

So how did I find myself here on a Friday morning?  Well, my co-worker Mark was playing some sweet old school hip hop jams on Pandora before we opened and "Informer" came up in conversation.  And being that it is 2018 we had to find the video, so he did.  But the fun really began when we scrolled down. 

Things started innocently enough (see above) but quickly turned to the hilarious.  First there was this...
Sure it's juvenile but just listen to that chorus.

We scroll down a little bit more and came across this beauty...

That was then followed by probably the best one of the batch. 
This one killed us.  I can only imagine what we looked like from the outside, but damn we were having fun. 

The great thing about these comments is that not all of them were old references.  Case in point...
  Then there was my personal favorite.
Thank you Zoe x!

And this entire exercise wouldn't be complete or properly about the '90s without a Friends reference.

Finally there was this gem.

And that's when I called it a day. 

Generally I try to avoid the comment section, mostly for my own sanity, but this...this was worth every single second.  Thank you commenters for not only bringing my absolute and much needed joy this fine morning but also giving me hope that the comments section might actually have something to offer.  Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to "licky boom boom down."

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