With a combination of rock and electro elements, "Let It Rock" was a huge hit in 2008. It's a banger, but it has a meaning most listeners miss.
"'Let it Rock' was written from a place of anger and dissatisfaction with the world," Rudolf told DJ Booth. "It's a song about hypocrisy. It contains biblical references - and yet people still think it's a party song. Whatever works."
You're forgiven if you heard this as a straight party song, as the title and chorus ("When I arrive, I bring the fire...") overpower the verse lyrics that tell the story.
This features Rudolf's Cash Money Records labelmate Lil Wayne, who raps a verse and appears in the video. Wayne doesn't bring any attention to the song's plot line of greed and hypocrisy, rapping instead about how he can make panties drop.
Rudolf wrote and produced this song, which was his debut single. He had previously been a guitarist on various recordings produced by Timbaland, including Nelly Furtado's "Say It Right
Rudolf told MTV News: "It's a song about the hypocrisy in the world, and I'm saying that when I come through, I'm bringing the truth. I use the parable of the Prodigal Son, because I want to expose all the fakes out there - in the music industry, in the world, anywhere. A lot of people think it's a party record, but it's not."
The lyrics that deal with the biblical tale are:
Now the son's disgraced
He, who knew his father
When he cursed his name
Turned, and chased the dollar
According to the royalty-distribution service BMI, this was the second most-played song at sporting events in 2009-10. (Queen's "We Will Rock You
" came out at #1 in the survey).