While prepping for a night on the town this past Friday, I asked a buddy of mine which YouTube clip he wanted to help set the tone for our impending excursion. Although I had expected something current, my brain did a fist-pump when he chose TRU’s “Hoody Hoo.” Then, as we sat in awe of how outrageous this 1999 blockbuster had become over time, we knew the Miller Brother’s fire had to be reignited for both old fans to reflect on and to incite some history in anyone who thinks Curren$y or Weezy are New Orleans’ biggest rap exports.
So, to help share the awesomeness, here are ten reasons to you should be hitting play on the ground-breaking visual for TRU’s Michael-Myers sampling code for the killers, from their double-disc Da Crime Family album.
1. A Star Wars-esque scrolling intro, which Master P probably had specifically read by this British fellow with a thick accent to ensure credibility.
2. The general concept of the video, which speaks of a a bleak future in 2027, “where enemies of hip-hop” have deployed a war on the genre and those who stuck to churning out raps have either given up or sold out. While that might not be too far of a stretch, the irony is as thick as Percy Miller’s track record with Nickelodeon.
3. The beauty of the Terminator-meets-Sliders graphics, which couldn’t compete with a single current video game release today.
4. How the beat doesn’t kick in for two minutes and 15 seconds, which is completely fine if you enjoy laser-fights one step above the old GI Joe cartoon.
5. Seeing each of the Miller brothers trying to pass-off fencing armor as the look of the future.
6. Looking in awe at the ridiculous amount of people the No Limit crew could pull for a video shoot and realizing their prime was amongst the largest ever for a rap faction.
7. Hearing Monstahh aka Master P say “You da captain, I’m da crunch, you got the dinner, I got lunch,” which will never get old.
8. Witnessing first-hand how unoriginal the The Tank had become by 1999, with the blatant Matrix references (green code backgrounds and red pill/blue pill anecdote) serving as proof. As if the obvious Outkast rip didn’t do that in it’s own right.
9. The Ricky Williams jerseys the trio can also be seen rocking proudly, probably because the known toker was the first signee to P’s No Limit Sports management firm. How’d that end up again?
10. Getting reminded of the fact that this song still goes extra hard thirteen years later, despite having no real concept and one of the more ridiculous music videos in hip-hop history.