Thursday, March 13, 2008

Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee

This update is dedicated to all of my friends that work for the city of Sacramento that are either losing their job or being displaced.

This classic-to-me song is a widely hated-on song by Canibus off of the Office Space soundtrack. (Which also gave us the hood-classic "Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta" by the Geto Boys.) At the time this song came out (1999) Canibus was one of the most ferocious battle rappers in the rap game. He was abusing every mix-tape he was on and rapping circles around anyone he did a track with (Redman on "Beasts From the East" and Common "Making a Name For Ourselves" to name a few). He had a loyal following off of his creative and descriptive lyrics and his intricate rhyme patterns.

I feel that people hated this song for what it wasn't (a battle rap song) and didn't give it a chance to like it for what it was (a extremely funny song about a guy quitting his job). I've never quit a job on bad terms, but I can imagine if I ever do I will bust out this song and blast it cause it'll describe exactly how I feel.

Canibus gives a very descriptive and humorous tale of an office worker without sacrificing his slick wordplay. Biz Markie adds his trademark funny sing-style chorus that fits the light mood of the track perfectly. Alone the track is nothing special, but like the Bizmark chorus, it fits.

People get hired
Drink coffee to stay wired
So they don't get tired, sleep late, and get fired

[Biz Markie]
You came in late, you already ate,
nowww, you wanna take a lunch break!??!

Ay, yo bust it, ain't no need to discuss it
Just take this job and shove it, right between your buttocks

[Biz Markie]
Take this job and shove it
I ain't workin here no more...

If there's ever been another song to describe a typical office this perfectly I haven't heard it. Of course I'm not talking about my office. I like my office, cause my office isn't typical. Ummmmm-Yeeeeaaahhhh...

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