Cinco de Mayo: 10 Tracks to Listen to on the Road to Wasted Bliss
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, although there will be droves of drunk crowds swearing by that falsehood on Saturday (May 5). The date notes Mexico's determination and fearlessness against the French 150 years ago. These days, on the fifth of May, determined Americans fearlessly go against countless shots of tequila, bottles of beer and pitchers of margaritas all in the name of history.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo 2012, The BoomBox compiles 10 best songs to listen to while getting hammered. Cheers to lyrics from 2 Chainz, J-Kwon, Rihanna, Cassidy, Trey Songz and more serving as the soundtrack to wasted bliss. Salud!
10. "Drink," Lil Jon Feat. LMFAO
Hip-hop's crunkest artist-producer-DJ is making major moves over on the house music side of things and we're not mad. The throbbing bass of the track encourages a long evening of throwing shots back, and searching the club for a glow stick or two. As the horns repeat on an insistent loop, Lil Jon's signature holler commands us to "stop being lame and have a fucking drink." Don't have to tell us twice.
9. "Smoke and Drank," French Montana Feat. Mac Miller
French Montana got smooth for this collaborative effort with Taylor Gang's frat rapper Mac Miller. The beat is reminiscent of West Coast production from the 1990s -- the type of production made to blast from low riders. French and Mac do it justice, blending in with the background, still making a statement without overpowering the vibe. French quips, "Two liters of that drank/ Fuck you think?" This track definitely feels like something to be played while you're well into your drinking for the night.
8. "My Drink N My 2 Step," Cassidy Feat. Swizz Beatz
Besides T-Pain, rapper Cassidy had the most-played track dedicated to getting loose in 2007. "My Drink N My 2 Step" was inescapable that year and it still makes for a decent entry on any party playlist. With Swizz Beatz on the hook it was a guaranteed hit as the producer was in the midst of his rap industry rebirth. If you're drunk enough when the DJ plays this one, Cassidy makes the checklist simple enough for you. Drink. 2 Step.
7. "Bottoms Up," Trey Songz Feat. Nicki Minaj
Quite possibly one of the biggest hits of 2010, Trey Songz hit the jackpot with "Bottoms Up." Champagne is the preferred drink of choice in this particular song but it's clear that Trey wouldn't mind mixing things up if he could just see you "shake it in them jeans." Nicki Minaj ties the track in a neat bow with her drink requests and spastic rapping towards the end: "Could I get that 'Tron?/ Could I get that Remy?/ Could I get that Coke?/ Could I get that Henny?/ Could I get that margarita on the rock-rock-rocks?/Could I get salt all around that rim-rim-rim-rim?"
6. "A Zip and A Double Cup" (Remix), Juicy J Feat. 2 Chainz & Tha Joker
The Three 6 Mafia rap vet and Taylor Gang signee spits rhymes of blazing trees and sipping lean over Lex Luger's earth-rumbling production. He gets some help from his friends 2 Chainz and Tha Joker on this remixed version. Juicy holds his own though on the opening verse, setting the scene for the night: "Double cup full of drank/ I get so damn trippy in my mind I go blank..."
5. "Buy U A Drank," T-Pain Feat. Yung Joc
The snap music of 2007 was always great to hear booming through loud speakers, half-inebriated. The nasally intonation of T-Pain along with his beloved use of Auto-Tune just seemed to make this track even more funky. "Let me buy you a drank/ And thee-een/ I'ma take you home with me..." Pretty presumptive Pain, but this is a solid one to sway to and drunkenly coordinate snaps to, with a good, non-judgmental group of friends.
4. "Tipsy," J-Kwon
Rapper J-Kwon had everybody in clubs nationwide getting tipsy back in 2004 with this smash single. The minimalistic, boom-bap production was easy enough for anyone to move to even if they'd had a few drinks by then. And the St. Louis native wasn't going over heads with the lyrics at all, keeping it light and fun, simplistic enough to rap along to even if your version came out slightly slurred.
3. "Drank In My Cup," Kirko Bangz
Houston newcomer Kirko Bangz has to have a pretty strong drink in his cup for some of the lyrics in this track. The slow, winding beat encourages his suggestive banter as he propositions a girl who has a controlling boyfriend. "Girl I know how much you really want somebody/ Want somebody that don't really need you... You heard what I said/ That could put you to bed/ That ain't tryna love you baby/ That's just tryna fuck you instead..." Kirko may need to make that cup his last for the night, but you can slow grind to it on your way to "wasted."
2. "Hands On the Wheel," Schoolboy Q Feat. A$AP Rocky
Schoolboy Q starts this heavy-hitting cut off with the right sentiments for a night of overindulgence: "Life for me is just weed and brew." The drowsy loop in the production gives the listener a sense of being drunk right along with the L.A. native and Harlem hot boy A$AP Rocky riding shotgun over the piano trills and eerie sampling. "Am I over faded?/ Hell yeah, it's true..." We believe you Q.
The Bajan songstress hit the perfect party note with this tune in 2011. "Cheers," with its breezy tone and fun lyrics, proved to be the quintessential song to pregame to before a night of hitting the streets with friends, downing copious amounts of alcohol, and giggling about nothing. Rihanna croons lines about "finding a honey," and "feeling hella cool with [her] Ray Bans on..." Nothing too heavy, as she sings in the hook, "Cheers to the freakin' weekend." We'll drink to that!