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Turtleneck & Chain

Turtleneck & ChainTruly, ''D--- in a Box'' is the gift that keeps on giving for the Lonely Island, the nom de fake rap of Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg and...Turtleneck & ChainHip-Hop/RapTruly, ''D--- in a Box'' is the gift that keeps on giving for the Lonely Island, the nom de fake rap of Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg and...2011-05-04
Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, ... | HELLO, LADIES. Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone

HELLO, LADIES. Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone (F. Scott Schafer)

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Turtleneck & Chain

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Music Label: Universal, Universal Republic

Truly, ”D— in a Box” is the gift that keeps on giving for the Lonely Island, the nom de fake rap of Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg and his BFFs, SNL writer-directors Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. Since that brilliant, indisputably instructive R&B satire first appeared in 2006, the trio — along with featured players like Rihanna, T-Pain, and a very game Justin Timberlake — has had remarkable success in the notoriously difficult genre of ”funny music,” hitting a neat balance of parody and sweet-natured homage (peppered with plenty of references to their respective junk). Now, two years after Incredibad, a debut that collected many of the group’s greatest, previously televised hits, comes Turtleneck & Chain, a perfectly acceptibad follow-up. On ”Motherlover,” honorary Islander Timberlake returns for a deeply filthy, proudly MILF-y ode to ”pushing that way where you came out as a baby,” while the triumphantly goofy ”I Just Had Sex,” with Akon, manages to be both outrageous and entirely plausible radio bait. Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, a sleepy, maybe-not-in-on-the-joke Snoop Dogg, and ”major cinephile” Michael Bolton(!) all make appearances — but it’s the chameleonic core trio that truly surprises. At one point, over a classic, adrenalized hip-hop beat, Samberg and Taccone trade fierce criminology rhymes with a swagger that’s downright serious. Until, of course, one notices the title: ”Trouble on Dookie Island.”

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