Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Instant Classic: LL Cool J - "Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin)"

If there is one thing LL Cool J does better than acting, it's rapping.

So when the multifaceted LL performed the character of Sherman "Preacher" Dudley in the 1999 blockbuster, Deep Blue Sea, it was only natural that he take a bite of the soundtrack.

In Deep Blue Sea, Preacher steals the show as the scripture-quoting chef aboard a shark-infested sea lab. Preacher plays the groundbreaking role of "funny black guy in a movie" - a man never afraid to crack a one-liner right when his life is in the most peril.

With perhaps his biggest contribution to film dialogue, LL delivers the epic line, "You ate my bird" mere moments before tossing his flaming Zippo lighter across a gas-filled room; thus blowing up one very unruly, robotic shark.

But it is LL Cool J's addition to the musical soundtrack that really kills. His song, "Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin)" floats the movie's heroic ending safely into the credits.

The song finds LL rapping lyrical comparisons of himself to a bloodthirsty shark. Have a taste of this verbal assault:
"Struggling to flow with hemorrhages in your throat, Getting the lap dance while I smash through your boat"

Sorry. You are now, officially, shark chum.

In the accompanying music video, LL not only spits his rhymes between splices of movie footage; he re-acts scenes of the movie while slowly transforming into a ravenous shark. He also seems to get sprayed in the face by a fire hose during a synchronized swimming class. Make sure to watch the music video through the dramatic conclusion.

Many websites specializing in deciphering music lyrics still debate whether the main lyric to the song is truly, "Uh! My hat is like a shark's fin!" Forget that this lyric doesn't really make any sense. It's simply too deep (and too blue) for you.

Aside from the sheer entertainment value of the film and LL Cool J's raptastic soundtrack, Deep Blue Sea sits in good company with Jaws to continually remind us of a very important public service announcement: Sharks Are Trying To Kill You.

You have been warned.

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1 comment:

Miss L said...

Great tune thanks for sharing this! You are right though about the lyrics making no sense at all.