You know what they say; 'Laughter is the best medicine'. Here's our top ten songs to get your chuckling and improve your day. David & Maxim
10. Without Me - Eminem
The usually serious and intense Eminem we know today is a far cry from the late 90s/early 2000s version of the rapper. While rumour has it he was under a lot of influences at the time his music was delivering on many fronts, including comedy. With Dr Dre backing him the rapper was always going to make hits but he also made comedy masterpieces. Playing jump rope with the line and filling his songs with punchlines; Without Me is the perfect example bursting with pop culture references and comedy shots at other celebrities. It’s also one of my favourite rap songs of all time and the first one I was able to rap all the way through impeccably (insert applause).
9. I Need You Tonight - Professor Green ft. Ed Drewitt
Back in 2010, rap was still dominated by macho posturing and bragging about being the biggest ‘player’ in the game. So when Hackney’s Professor Green dropped a song poking fun at rap’s traditional image, it was both entertaining and refreshing (“This ain’t so stereotypical man, not for a stereotypical man”). What makes ‘I Need You Tonight’ so funny is the fact that it’s obvious to the listener how the girl is not at all interested in Professor Green. But he nonetheless innocently thinks that her excuses for not meeting up are genuine. Put this song on as a reminder of how important it is to not take yourself too seriously.
8. I'm On A Boat - The Lonely Island ft. T-Pain
Unlike Eminem who laced his raps with comedy The Lonely Island seemed to inject their comedy with rap. The trio, fronted by Brooklyn 99’s Andy Samberg are experts at over producing songs and videos to look like serious rap efforts while simultaneously rapping and singing about hilarious subjects. Whilst I’m on a Boat is definitely one of their more PG13 hits it makes me laugh every time. During the time of the stereotypical Pitbull/Flo Rida videos featuring luxury yachts, tanned models and more brands than a cattle farm; The Lonely Island took it to the next level by poking fun at this very concept - producing a song that repeatedly chants ‘I’m on a Boat’ to accompany a video where, you guessed it, the band stand on luxury yachts and caricature the popular music video format at the time. Hilarious.
7. Chocolate Droppa Skit (Act 1) - Kevin ‘Chocolate Droppa’ Hart
There are some comedians that can just walk into a room, not even say anything, and already have the audience in fits of laughter. Kevin Hart is one of those comedians. So unsurprisingly, when he tries his hand at comedy-rap, it’s hilarious. Even though this song is technically just a skit, it involves Hart going on a mini-freestyle where he fires tongue-in-cheek shots at pretty much every famous rapper there is - keep an eye out for Hart’s hilariously accurate impersonation of mumble-rapper Future. Forget Drake’s ‘Back to Back’, this is the diss track to top all diss tracks.
6. $ave Dat Money - Lil Dicky ft. Fetty Wap
Lil Dicky is in my opinion a highly underrated rapper and I sometimes feel that his reputation as a lyricist is undermined by his comedy content – however, he is hilarious! Similarly to The Lonely Island’s 'I’m on a Boat' this song attempts to poke fun at the rap video culture of fast cars, big boats, bougee houses and lots of women. As well as actually being a really good song to listen to the lyrics go against the grain of much of the hip hop genre; instead of bragging about his riches, love life and all the things he buys we actually listen to Lil Dicky talking about how poor and uncool he is. This is again similar to 'I’m on a Boat' in that the video to go with it is as hilarious as the song, with Lil Dicky heading into Lamborghini dealerships, boat marinas and posh housing areas asking for favours in order to make the most expensive looking rap video around without actually spending any money. This of course brings hilarious results as residents slam doors in his face and businesses laugh as he asks to borrow their expensive stock for free.
5. Man's Not Hot - Big Shaq
‘Man’s Not Hot’, a debut offering from the UK’s Big Shaq, went viral in 2017. Rap has always been known for having the odd bit of wordplay and a humorous pun here and there, but ‘Man’s Not Hot’ is jam-packed with eccentric lyrics that everyone suddenly found themselves reciting at school. The song revolves quite simply around Big Shaq’s temperateness - “The girl told me, "Take off your jacket”, I said, "Babes, man's not hot" (Never hot)” - but this is only the tip of the wonderfully ridiculous iceberg. Other memorably nonsensical quotes include “Two plus two is four/Minus one that's three, quick maths” and “Ha, look at your nose (Check your nose, fam)/You donut/Nose long like garden hose”. If that wasn’t wacky enough, the second verse soon descends into a bizarre assortment of ad-libs - “Pap, pap, ka-ka-ka (Ka-ka) Skidiki-pap-pap (Pap)" - to name just a few.
4. Business Time - Flight of the Conchords
I remember being introduced to this song by some friends and ending up in fits of laughter. Whilst music tends to idealise or romanticise the experience of sex and relationships this song does the opposite and instead looks into some of the realities of sex in longer term relationships. The catchy chorus is sandwiched between verses about how the perfect conditions for sex are when nothing good is on TV and how the experience may be a bit quicker than anticipated. The song however perfectly treads the line and never steps over into being crude, just giving away enough about the situation to be hilariously honest.
3. Best Night Ever (from ‘How I Met Your Mother’) - Jason Segel ft. Nuno Bettencourt
I think this song is really funny even if you don’t know the context of the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ episode it comes from. But essentially it finds a married couple - Marshall and Lily - desperately wanting a fellow couple to hang out with. So when two of their closest friends get together, they get a tad overexcited - to say the least. After just one underwhelming couples’ game night, the oblivious Marshall, played by Jason Segel, writes this song as part of a hilariously over-eager e-vite for a follow-up couples’ night. Listening to this always makes me laugh, and it also makes me want to binge-watch the entire series for the sixth (or maybe sixteenth…) time.
2. Walkman - Tiny Meat Gang
So you probably know you’re getting comedy when the artist is called Tiny Meat Gang. The duo actually consists of two of my favourite youtubers; Cody Ko and Noel Miller. The two enjoy their music and have made a few songs in the past but this one is by far my favourite. They produce a song serious enough that it is actually a great tune to listen to and has a really good beat; but funny enough so that they can be their hilarious selves. Again pushing on some of the stereotypes of rap music; the highlight for me is when Cody and Noel both take on verses that include lines about sleeping with lots of women – only to be followed by skit like segments of the two phoning their respective girlfriends asking if it is ok that they talk about other women in the song. This tune has the perfect balance – sounding like a serious and catchy rap song with lyrical content that will keep you laughing.
1. She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy - Kenny Chesney
Bearing in mind this was released in the 90s, I really don’t think this song is meant to be funny. But this only makes it even more comical, and you can’t help but feel sorry for the poor girl in the music video who has to pretend that yes, tractors are indeed sexy. Country music can often be quite heavy-hearted and reflective, so queuing this song in my playlist always adds a welcome dose of levity. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of priceless, farm-based innuendos sprinkled throughout the song, but Chesney sings it with such charm and mock naivety that he just about gets away with it. This song also meant the John Deere PR team didn’t have to lift a finger for the entirety of 1999…