Album: Hello Nasty (1998)
Charted: 5 28
  • This song incorporates Rachmaninoff's "Prelude C-sharp Minor." It also samples "Love is Blue" by The Jazz Crusaders.
  • The robotic vocal sound was created with a vocoder, which is an electronic device originally created to encode speech. The funk musician Roger Troutman used the device on a lot of his songs, which were later sampled by hip-hop artists. Cher processed her vocal on her 1998 hit "Believe," but that was done with Auto-Tune software that came on the market in 1997.
  • The robotic sound inspired the lyrics, which mention the planet Uranus and Mr. Spock's Vulcan death grip. Also mentioned in the lyrics are rapper Kool Moe Dee and the song "Ooh Child" by The Five Stairsteps.
  • The word "drop" in the line, "Beastie Boys known to let the beat drop" comes from the Beastie's track "The New Style" from their Licensed To Ill album.
  • This won a Grammy in 1999 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
  • This video was a play on all the old Japanese flicks like Godzilla where Tokyo was destroyed by a large monster. The video was actually filmed in Japan, and the subways you see are from Tokyo. It won the 1999 MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop Video. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Christopher - Nashville, TN
  • The piece of classical music at the beginning of the song is "Night on Bald Mountain" by Modest Mussorgsky. This part is edited out of the radio version. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Martin - Rostock, Germany
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  • Matt from WisconsinIn the music video on the word "green" during the lyric "when it comes to envy, ya'll is green," the green screen effect drops out and reveals the green screen in the background for a split second.
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