Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Chronicles of Narnia Rap

From Slate.com which I found via Fark.com

I don't watch SNL at all any longer. I catch an occassional Tivo because of an actor/actress/band on a wishlist, but other than that I miss the cultural memes that fly from that hackneyed show. While I know that it will never be like it was with the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players, it at least gained more traction during the Eddie Murphy/Joe Piscapo/Phil Hartman. Today I see it in an endless death spiral over the drain. It makes money and spawns off things that make some more money and that's what's important. In any case, I did find this latest sketch very warming and a good homage to the origins of Hip Hop culture.

Parns and Samberg.
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Parns and Samberg

If you haven't seen Saturday Night Live's Chronicles of Narnia rap, then you don't have any friends. Or at least any friends with Internet access. The two-minute video, which debuted on SNL last Saturday before resurfacing as a much-forwarded "digital short," has accomplished what seemed impossible a week ago—making Saturday Night Live a cultural touchstone for the first time since Christopher Walken pleaded for "more cowbell." The popularity of the Narnia rap might augur a reawakening at SNL—in fact, there are already T-shirts that parrot the song's catchphrases. It's more significant, though, for what it says about the state of rap.



At 12/28/2005 10:37 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Everyone I know has sent this to me.

I don't understand why this blew up so huge, as much as I enjoy the rap, and it is actually a good rap (Particularly fond of "Mr. Pibb plus red vines equals CRAZY delicious!") this just isn't "more cowbell" funny.

At 1/01/2006 12:41 PM, Blogger Tom said...

I second what Michael said!
"Double True!"


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