1,2,3,4 (Sumpin’ New) (Coolio)
Artist Leon Ivey Jr. name-checks his earlier hit Fantastic Voyage early-on in this mid-1990s hip hop treasure. Also so checked is the movie A Fish Called Wanda, Dr Dre, the song Take Your Time (Do It Right) by SOS Band and the East Coast/West Coast rap feud. The last item even inspired the creation of a modern catchphrase.
Ain’t no party like a West Coast party
‘Cause a West Coast party don’t stop
So when you see a young nigga in a Chevy hittin’ switches
Then you gotta give the nigga his props
The song was a big hit in the US where it made #5 on the Hot 100, but even bigger in New Zealand where it climbed all the way to #2.
Fun fact: The it’s-impossible-not-to-get-up-and-dance bass line is courtesy of Good Times by Chic.