Let it Rock
by Kevin Rudolf (featuring Lil Wayne)

Album: Calibunga (2008)
Charted: 5 5


  • 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).

Comments: 9

  • Jennifer from Cheyenne WyomingAllowed me have your own music I love to listen muxic
  • Jay from Indianapolis, Indiana, InTimmy, just because someone is a rapper means they're fake? I'm not a big rap fan myself, but that statement seems a bit ridiculous. (Generalization much?) And why would seeing Lil Wayne with a guitar make you angry? Wayne isn't the best guitarist, but he is learning and has performed solos in several of his songs.

    You also seem to have a problem with Wayne being in the video. Umm, in case no one informed you of this, Wayne is in the video because he not only signed Kevin to his label, but he HELPED PRODUCE THE SONG! Both of them are great artists and produced a great song.
  • Shawn from Prescott, AzLet It Rock love the song I bought the clean version its better clean trust Me Let It Rock I do Hate how fake The music video Is.
  • Richard from Wall, Nji think it's about lying about who you really are to impress someone popular like the last line
    I wish I could be
    As cool as you
    And I wish I could say
    The things you do
    But I can't and I won't live a lie
    No not this time
  • Fatima from Norfolk, Vayou're funny, timmy.
  • Timmy from Mukilteo, Wai watched the video of this song. to me it was very insulting because im a huge rock and roll fun, and when i saw lil wayne with a guitar it made me really mad.

    i thought it was funny how he wants to expose all the music fakes, so he had lil wayne on the video? hes a rapper, he is a fake.
    how ironic.
    this guy kevin rudolf contradicts himself and its disgusting
  • Valerie from None Of Ur Buisness!!, Bci LOVE this song! :) :) :) i don't know why, i just do. :):)
  • Linda from Thetenthkingdom, IlMaurice danced to this on Dancing With the stars
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