Mars and Ronson create a monster party vibe in this song, starting with the title: "Uptown" implies high class (as Prince
or Billy Joel
could tell you), while "funk" is the rhythm and release. The lyrics are way over-the-top, with Mars explaining that he's so hot he's forcing dragons into retirement. It's clever, fun and outrageous, but also meticulously constructed with a mix of rhyming patterns. For instance:
"Stop wait a minute
Fill my cup put some liquor in it
"Minute" and "liquor-in-it" aren't typical rhymes, but you can get away with it if you have the funk on your side.
"Ride to Harlem, Hollywood, Jackson Mississippi
If we show up we gonna show out
Smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy
In this case, "Mississippi" and "Skippy" sandwich (get it?) a line that doesn't rhyme with any others. In that line, however, "show" is repeated twice, creating an inline rhyme.
The lyrics all sound like they're improvised after a few libations, but every syllable has a place in the rhythm.