This song is narrated by A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip from a police station. In the song, Q-Tip and fellow ATCQ member Ali Shaheed Muhammad go on a road trip in Q-Tip's mom's car. After paying for a meal at a fast food joint, Q-Tip is distracted by an attractive girl and accidentally forgets his wallet in the restaurant. El Segundo is a city in California.
A sample from the Fatboy Slim remix of this song was used on Lil' Wayne's 2008 hit song "A Milli."
When the video for this song was shot in Las Vegas, founding member Jarobi White was barely 18. White wasn't allowed to shoot any scenes in any casinos or clubs.
A character in the TV show Sleeper Cell is a big fan of this song. In the first season of the show, the character sings the song twice, with one of those times onstage at a karaoke bar.
In the movie The Ladykillers, an elderly landlady repeatedly complains about the ridiculousness of the lyrics to this song.