Lil Wayne and T Pain
Getty Images

Swapping Sounds: Ten Times Lil Wayne & T-Pain Switched Up Their Flow

VIBE ranks the moments Wayne piled on the autotune while T-Pain broke free of musical distortion.

Since the surprise release of T-Wayne, fans have been reminded of the art of collaboration and just how well T-Pain and Lil Wayne have mastered it. Aside from their buddy singles like “Can’t Believe It” and "Got Money," the artists have shown their abilities to utilize technology around them and at times, rely on the talent of their vocals.

Their switch-up has gone back years. With over a hundred tunes, Weezy took the autotune route for some of his mixtape cuts (Dedication, The Drought Is Over 2) in 2007 and later navigated his love for the machine into the mainstream with 2008’s “Lollipop.”

Meanwhile, T-Pain reignited the use of autotune (kudos to Roger Troutman and Teddy Riley) in 2005 with the release of “I’m Sprung.” Four stellar albums and two Grammys later, the Floridian found himself in a tiff following the wave of backlash of the tool in rap culture. It was then during an 2013 interview with Sway in The Morning when he busted out a few vocals without autotune.

The switch up reminds us of the true artistry both posses and quality throwback jams we can all enjoy.

Below, we rank the times Lil Wayne broke out the autotune and the moments T-Pain shined without it.

-By Camille Augustin & Desire Thompson 

***

Lil Wayne

10) "Dedication 3"

What would this list be if we didn't include a song from Wayne's Dedication 3 mixtape? Sporadically, he used autotune on tracks like "WhoEver You Like" and "My Weezy," but the project's title track allowed the 34-year-old to stretch his singing capabilities thanks to autotune.

9) "I'm Goin In"

The platinum single from Drake’s So Far Gone EP warranted plenty of attention thanks to the assistance of heavyweights like Wayne and Young Jeezy. While the rapper uses the tool just slightly on the track, it was the chorus, which grew legs and stayed in our minds beyond its 2009 release.

8) "Dey Know (Remix)"

Hailed as one of the first times Wayne used autotune, Wayne stood out on the “Dirty South” version of the late Shawty Lo’s breakout hit. You can tell “Mr. Every-Time-You-See-Me-Got-A-New-Chain” enjoyed distorting his vocals and his bars so much that it went on to be a staple in his later hits.

7) "Prostitute Flange"

During the Mixtape Weezy days, the rapper was caught singing the synthesized blues, causing him to take a slow jam route on The Drought Is Over 2 track. While he went on to arguably perfect his sound on tracks like “Lollipop” and “How To Love,” nothing beats his ode to one powerful yoni.

6) "I'm So Paid"

Big Money Weezy fired off a wealthy flow on Akon's 2008 melody alongside Young Jeezy. The story of rags to riches plays out in lyric form while Wayne floats over the track with a sense of royalty.

5) "Lollipop"

To send a tingle down his lady fans' spines, Wayne delivered statements of steamy sessions from the VIP section of the club to the confines of the bedroom. The late Static Major's vocals also served as the assist Wayne needed to catapult the song to the top of the charts.

4) "See You In My Nightmares"

Fairly early in his mainstream autotune trip, Wayne joined Kanye’s personal trek of the auto processor his underrated LP, 808s and Heartbreak. With a strong mix of harmonies and vulnerable bars, the collaboration made Wayne’s sound more enjoyable and welcoming for fans. Ironically, T-Pain worked with Kanye to perfect the project.

3) "Love In This Club Pt. 2 (Remix)"

While you're playing the role of Beyonce while your potential bae steps into Usher's shoes, Wayne's verse serves as that guy Biggie Smalls described on "Big Poppa." With minimal use of autotune, the Young Money leader remained a fan favorite on this Here I Stand remix.

2) "Every Girl"

Anyone who heard the opening lines, “Uh, I like a long haired, thick redbone” blair out of a speaker in 2009 was forced to hop off the wall and onto the dance floor. The track, which came before the mega hit “BedRock” by the Young Money collective, had a fair share of autotune by Mack Maine, Gudda Gudda, a baby faced Drake and Jae Millz, but Weezy cleared owned the tool. Let’s be honest, do you remember any other verse from the track without sneaking a peak at Genius?

1) "Swagga Like Us"

Going toe-to-toe with T.I., Kanye West and Jay Z, Weezy utilized the voice manipulator to rattle off his riches. The New Orleans native stepped up to bat after Mr. Carter and kept the momentum of the MIA-sampled track going with his warbled wordplay.

***

T-Pain

10) "Drankin' Patna"

Teddy Pendera**down and a pianist puts you in the feels with a slowed-down version of his 2014 track that'll probably stay on repeat after you listen to it.

9) "Up Down (Do This All Day)"

During his "Tiny Desk" performance with NPR, the singer-songwriter turned his 2013 party single into a gentle hug for fans. While singing about his talents in the bedroom and his spending habits, the song is flipped around as he reaches the highest and lowest of keys.

8) "Say The Word (I'm Gone)"

The tender track released in 2015 calls for a time of reflection and insight from the talented artist. With just his voice and piano, T-Pain hits us all in the feels with somber harmonies and poignant reminders of his songwriting skills.

7) "I'm Sprung"

In 2005, T-Pain revived the evident use of autotune which Jay Z sought to bury four years later. Also at Fader Fort, Pain revisited his debut single that solidified his spot in music history. Watch it to the very end for a gratifying vocal surprise.

6) "Can't Believe It"

Featuring his T-Wayne partner, one of the Florida native's most recognizable songs received the live band treatment at the 2015 edition of Fader Fort. While it's not as acoustic and intimate as his rendition on NPR's Music Front Row, it still takes fans back to that magical time nine years ago.

5) "Okay To Smile"

As part of Pain's "Nappy Boy Unplugged Summit" series, he arranged a commemorative song to his late grandmother in 2015. Although the melody might bring a tear to your eye, Pain said it was created to actually place a smile on your face. "This song is not only for my grandmother," he said, "but also for anybody that's lost anybody."

4) "Star-Spangled Banner"

In 2015, T-Pain took center field at a Los Angeles Dodgers game to kickoff the festivities with a live performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Accompanied with chilling runs and high notes, Pain's version of the nation's anthem went viral, shining a light on his natural singing voice.

3) ”Change Is Gonna' Come" (Sam Cooke Cover)

Noted as a dedication to his father, T-Pain commemorated the 10th anniversary of debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga with a powerful rendition of the soulful classic.

2) "Buy U A Drank"

The artist left everyone speechless when he first dropped a few harmonies of his hit single on Sway In The Morning in 2013, but his "Tiny Desk" performance with NPR two years later confirmed the soulful spirit that lies in the Tallahassee native. With riffs for days, the alternative to the snap-filled song opened the doors to make this revisited single a red light special.

1) "Crazy” (Gnarls Barkley Cover)

First performed at his special concert with NPR’s R&B front, T-Pain took on the cover one more time with GQ in 2016. Stripped of drums and rhythmic patterns that took the original song to the top of the charts in 2006, the artist creates a more theatrical version that does more to prove his impeccable talent.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Courtesy of Starz

Who Shot Ghost? 9 Of The Wildest 'Power' Fan Theories

People cannot stop talking about Power's mid-season finale and for good reason. The closer left fans puzzled with the shooting of James "Ghost" St. Patrick with many suspects to highlight.

There's Saxe, Tommy, Tasha, Tate, Paz, Dre and Tariq shown heading towards or away from Truth nightclub. We know at least three of the five are strapped since we see Paz and Saxe grab guns (Tommy is never without one). With so many players at hand, it should be easy for fans to break down who shot Ghost before the series comes back in January 2020.

But this is 2019 and fandom has more layers than Ghost's waves. Theories have floated around social media with the show's creator Courtney Kemp giving us a few clues along the way.

The Starz show pulls from Shakespearean elements but Kemp says the final episodes are inspired by the 1951 film Rashomon. The film is known for popularizing the idea of showcasing one incident from the perspective of both the protagonist, antagonist and supporting characters. There's a death in Rashomon, but we don't see Ghost die per se, leaving more questions than answers for fans.

"We’ve always talked about how the show is really Shakespearean," Kempt tells Entertainment Weekly about Ghost's journey. As the mid-season winds down, Ghost is visited by the sins and loves of his past like Angela, daughter Raina, and frienemy Kanan.

"I draw from a lot of different classical references, and people aren’t usually aware of them because it looks different and it’s contemporary and, frankly, because it’s people of color," she adds. "People don’t see that it’s based on Shakespeare, but if you think about this season and how it’s been about fathers and sons, mothers and sons, and familial bonds, it’s been very influenced by Shakespeare. And this is very much influenced by Richard III. Richard kills a lot of people, and then they come and visit him as ghosts, so this is very similar."

The final five episodes are bound to reveal who killed Ghost and give closure to our favorite and not-so-favorite characters. While we wait for Power to return on January 5, check out the wildest theories behind who shot Ghost.

1. The Ramona Garrity Theories

Ramona Garrity, played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson, is one of the series' most refreshing new characters and one of mystery. With a Type A personality, Ramona is a fan of having her ducks in a row and her plans in order. Fans have a few reasons as to why she would be the one behind the gun.

She wasn't one of the characters walking up to Truth nightclub because she was already in the club. With this advantage, fans believe she shot Ghost after overhearing his conversation with Angela's sister Paz (Elizabeth Rodgriguez). James doesn't fit the vision she had of him for Lorette Walsh’s potential lieutenant governor, so he has to go, right? Or maybe she shot Ghost in order to boost his political image. This theory doesn't make much sense since Ramona and her team want to keep James' image squeaky clean for the campaign.

Then, there are these two theories. One being that Ramona shot James because she is the sister of Breeze, the first person Ghost killed during his drug-dealing career. Ramona has been rather quiet about her past (other than her ex-husband's cheating scandal), but she seems to know her way around the block. When she chats with Cassandra about keeping her affair with Tate on the low for an exchange for a congressional seat, she drops factoids about the inner city. She also keeps Tate's campaign on the right path with events focused on the people, which she gathered quite easily.

Lastly, there's a very unlikely theory that Ramona is Terry Silver's ex-wife. We don't see that as an option considering the very public nature of Ramona's sex tape with her ex-husband.

2. Tommy Did It To Avenge LaKeisha

We don't have to dig too deep into this one. While it's a possibility, it would be way too obvious for Tommy to kill Ghost at Truth. He's had plenty of opportunities to go in for the kill but hasn't. Is it because he's hip to who really killed LaKeisha?

When sharing his grief with Tariq and Tasha about LaKeisha, he seems to believe Tasha's grief about her longtime friend. But like Tariq, Tommy can read past the bullsh*t. Tommy might've been on the way to see Tasha after finding out who was after both him and Ghost at the warehouse.

3. Ghost Staged The Shooting Himself

Ghost is on top of the world in season six for many reasons. He's finally broken free of the drug life (with the killing of Jason) and can now move somewhat clean. We can't see his plan, but the idea of Tariq turning himself in for Raymond's murder has to be connected to a bigger puzzle piece. As far as we know, he's unaware of Sergeant Blanca Rodriguez's arrest warrant but his favor from 2-Bit does cause some skepticism. He could've asked 2-Bit to help stage the shooting in an effort to keep his enemies at bay.

If this theory holds up, it would take the attention off of his son and can buy him more time to figure out an alibi for Silver's murder.

4. Kanan Did It Because Ghosts Are Real

Leave it up to Bow Wow to conjure up a theory so outrageous. The actor-musician shared this theory on social media Sunday (Nov. 3) after the mid-season finale. According to him, the spirits who visit Ghost are actual spirits except for Kanan. He also believes Tariq had a hand in the deed since he helped Tommy kill Proctor (Jerry Ferrara).

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Nov 4, 2019 at 1:33pm PST

But this doesn't hold up–at all. The writers have proven Kanan's death several times throughout the season. There's his corpse in the season opener, Tariq taking Kanan's ashes and the feds confirming Kanan's death. It's a troupe used in many shows to remind us that our favorite characters are not coming back (Poussey in Orange Is The New Black, Wes on How to Get Away With Murder, Derek Shepard from Grey's Anatomy). It also showcases the influence of the character throughout the show. We see how much of an influence Kanan had on Tommy and Ghost and now, Tariq.

Which leads us to...

5. Tariq, Tariq Tariq

Everyone has ruled Tariq out because it doesn't appear that his character is near Truth. Don't let your eyes deceive you. Tariq seems to be leaving or entering part of the High Line bridge, a walkway that goes from Gansevoort and Washington Street up to 30th Street. If you aren't from New York, here's the translation: the walkway is just blocks away from Truth, the fictional nightclub located in the Meatpacking District. He still could be the person behind the trigger or at least apart of Ghost's plan to off himself.

6. Tasha's Boyfriend

Leave it up to a randos like Quentin to shake things up. Tasha's new beau cares immensely for her and seeing the bruises on her arm only invigorates his need to protect her. We don't know much about Q, but we do know he works in construction (and can afford Burberry shirts, aye). He also seems to be hip to the local drug game since his child's mother is battling addiction. Could Q also want to get Ghost back for supplying the neighborhood with drugs and violence? Ghost seems to look at Q with a heavy dose of intensity when he visits Tasha's daycare making the connection even more plausible.

7. Yasmine St. Patrick

Baby Yasmin❤❤❤ #PowerTV #Fambo❤ pic.twitter.com/fmPpZn6Rki

— Tasha St.Patrick (@RideOrDie247) December 14, 2017

Kemp has shared how she wants to keep Baby Yaz away from the violence on the show and she's done a good job at it. Once again, Yaz is mentioned in a heated argument between Tasha and her mother Estelle (played by Debbi Morgan) and once more when Ghost threatens to take away Yaz from Tasha. Maybe Baby Yaz is tired of the back and forth (and lack of screen time) and wants to show her Daddy she's not the one for games.

Maybe, maybe not.

8. Tasha's Mother

Estelle isn't a happy camper when she sees Tasha teaching her grandson Tariq how to move weight. She tells Tasha they need Jesus but also might take an initiative to get rid of the "Devil" in their life that is Ghost.

9. Kadeem, LaKeisha's Ex

Remember Kadeem? He's one of the characters in the Power universe that has been talked about often but never seen–until now. Played by Jesse Williams, Kadeem is given a face (and a crazy amount of tattoos) when Tommy drops Cash off after the death of LaKeisha.

Their exchange is brief but Kadeem tells Tommy to let him know if he ever has a hunch about who killed the mother of his child. Kadeem is about that life, considering his stint in jail and his slight resemblance in personality to Tommy. The two have that "crazy eyes" look and a love for gold chains. Maybe Kadeem was under the impression that Ghost killed LaKeisha and wanted to do the deed himself.

Williams shared with Entertainment Weekly small details behind his cameo and if he'll appear in other aspects of Power, including the much-talked-about spin-off series. "I just don’t know. We really are fans of each other, we’d love to figure out ways to work and she’s got really cool ideas for the spinoffs," he said about working with Kemp. "I’m open to doing cool, creative, different work that I haven’t done before. It’s certainly a possibility as far as I can tell."

Continue Reading
Instagram

Ghosts, Rappers, Villains And Superheroes: 21 Best Celebrity Halloween Costumes

Halloween snuck up on us this year. Kids, parents, and some of our favorite artists and celebrities went all out with some of the spookiest, funniest, and flyest costumes this year. And as always, their styles were and are entertaining.

Some of your favorite artists such as Jhené Aiko, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga dressed up as some of their favorite villains and superheroes such as DC Comics character, Harley Quinn, Ash Ketchum. Rapper Cardi B kept it sexy by donning a seductive nurse uniform, G-Eazy showed-out as The Joker, Ciara and Russell Wilson tapped into their inner Jay Z and Beyonce, and Drake paid homage to his father.

Speaking of Hova the god, the Brooklyn-bred came out as Pulp Fiction's Vincent Vega, Lil Nas X did his best impression of Cam'ron by rocking a pink mink while displaying a pink flip phone.  Actress Tracee Ellis Ross put on her best DJ Quik uniform, comedian Kevin Hart transformed into a high school-era Dwayne Johnson, and Gabrielle Union-Wade took it back to Compton with her character from the 2000 movie, Bring it On film.

Take a look below at some of the best Halloween costumes this year.

...

 

1. Ciara and Russell Wilson as Jay Z and Beyonce

 

View this post on Instagram

 

From the Wilsons to the Carters to the Obamas... Much Love & Respect. We goin Ape $#!% #HappyHalloween

A post shared by Ciara (@ciara) on Oct 30, 2019 at 5:22am PDT

2. Tyga as Day of the Dead Skeleton

 

View this post on Instagram

 

MAMACITA WHERE U AT?

A post shared by T-Raww (@tyga) on Oct 29, 2019 at 7:26pm PDT

3. Cardi B as a sexy nurse

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I’m here to assist your shhhttaaaankin ass❤️

A post shared by Iamcardib (@iamcardib) on Oct 27, 2019 at 12:06pm PDT

4. Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty as The Joker and Harley Quinn

 

View this post on Instagram

 

📌 Sleeeeeeze 📌

A post shared by Barbie (@nickiminaj) on Oct 30, 2019 at 9:14am PDT

5. G-Eazy as The Joker

 

View this post on Instagram

 

🃏

A post shared by G-Eazy (@g_eazy) on Oct 28, 2019 at 12:58pm PDT

6. Jhené Aiko as Ash Ketchum

 

View this post on Instagram

 

‘tis the season 😊

A post shared by Chilombo (@jheneaiko) on Oct 27, 2019 at 12:04am PDT

7. Liam Payne as Superman 8. Kevin Hart as his friend Dwayne Johnson

 

View this post on Instagram

 

😂😂😂😂😂😂 This shit makes me laugh. #NailedIt #HappyHalloween #PeepTheNapkinUnderMyElbow

A post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on Oct 30, 2019 at 7:37pm PDT

9. Demi Lovato as Marie Antoinette

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Halloween round 1... I told y’all I don’t play on Halloween!! It’s my time to shine 😝✨ glam team killed it 🙌🏼👏🏼 @etienneortega & @paulnortonhair 💀🎃👻

A post shared by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Oct 25, 2019 at 1:05am PDT

10. Tracee Ellis Ross and the "Black-ish" cast

 

View this post on Instagram

 

You know @djquik had to roll through and show @gabunion some #CaliforniaLove for her Birthday 😂😂 facial hair courtesy of my @glossier Brow Flick. Thank you Gab for such a fun party. Happy early birthday to us!

A post shared by Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) on Oct 28, 2019 at 7:05am PDT

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Hi @lupitanyongo it’s me again. Another year, another costume. It’s the @blackishabc this Tuesday at 9:30pm/8:30c! #blackish #halloween

A post shared by Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) on Oct 25, 2019 at 8:59am PDT

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Tethered. The Johnsons do it again. Shout out to @blackishabc hair, makeup, and wardrobe for killing the Halloween game. And there’s still more! This Tuesday 9:30pm/8:30c #blackish #halloween

A post shared by Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) on Oct 25, 2019 at 8:59am PDT

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Brought It. #CaliforniaLove

A post shared by Gabrielle Union-Wade (@gabunion) on Oct 27, 2019 at 1:50pm PDT

 

View this post on Instagram

 

You know @djquik had to roll through and show @gabunion some #CaliforniaLove for her Birthday 😂😂 facial hair courtesy of my @glossier Brow Flick. Thank you Gab for such a fun party. Happy early birthday to us!

A post shared by Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) on Oct 28, 2019 at 7:05am PDT

11. Missy Elliott as herself

 

View this post on Instagram

 

WOW🤩😱 This Halloween I decided to RECREATE my 1st album cover from 22 YEARS AGO one of these pictures I took ONLY 3 DAYS AGO the other was 22 YEARS AGO CAN YALL TELL THE DIFFERENCE?? 😅😩🔥🔥🔥#SUPADUPAFLY

A post shared by Missy Elliott (@missymisdemeanorelliott) on Oct 28, 2019 at 9:01am PDT

12. Gabrielle Union-Wade as her character in Bring it On

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Brought It. #CaliforniaLove

A post shared by Gabrielle Union-Wade (@gabunion) on Oct 27, 2019 at 1:50pm PDT

13. Kourtney Kardashian as Ariana Grande

 

View this post on Instagram

 

no tears left to cry

A post shared by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on Oct 16, 2019 at 11:25am PDT

14. Megan Thee Stallion as Mortal Kombat characters

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Choose your fighter 🔪 #happyhalloween

A post shared by Megan Thee Stallion (@megantheestaalion) on Oct 31, 2019 at 7:49am PDT

15. Casanova as Big Worm

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Playing with my money is like playing with my emotions -BIG WORM

A post shared by CASANOVA (@casanova_2x) on Oct 31, 2019 at 8:27am PDT

16. Lil Nas X as Cam'ron

 

View this post on Instagram

 

KILLA. 🌸

A post shared by Lil Nas X (@lilnasx) on Oct 31, 2019 at 1:11pm PDT

17. Jeezy and Jeannie Mai as YG and Kehlani

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Cali..fornia Love 🌴🎼

A post shared by @ jeezy on Oct 29, 2019 at 12:35pm PDT

18. Lil Pump as an Incredible Hulk Zombie

 

View this post on Instagram

 

DO I LOOK LIKE THE HULK ?

A post shared by @ lilpump on Oct 24, 2019 at 6:45pm PDT

19. Saweetie as a Playboy Bunny

 

View this post on Instagram

 

trouble.....

A post shared by saweetie (@saweetie) on Oct 30, 2019 at 1:39am PDT

20. Big Sean Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

 

View this post on Instagram

 

🕷

A post shared by BIGSEAN (@bigsean) on Oct 31, 2019 at 11:37am PDT

21. Jay Z as a Pulp Fiction's Vincent Vega

 

View this post on Instagram

 

👻

A post shared by Lil Nas X (@lilnasx) on Nov 1, 2019 at 1:27am PDT

Continue Reading
Steve Grayson

John Witherspoon's Funniest Hip-Hop Music Video Cameos

Actor and comedian John Witherspoon died at his home on Tuesday (Oct. 30). The late actor’s family released a statement on Twitter.

"It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks (Los Angeles) at the age of 77," his family said in a statement. Witherspoon is survived by his wife, two sons and "a large family," the statement said.

"We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say 'I'm no big deal,' but he was a huge deal to us."

It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away. He was a Legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you “POPS” always & forever.

- The Witherspoon Family pic.twitter.com/ov9P34kaMn

— John Witherspoon (@John_POPS_Spoon) October 30, 2019

The cause of Witherspoon's death is unknown.

The Detroit native is mostly known for playing Ice Cube’s father in his directorial debut Friday, as well as its sequels, Next Friday and Friday After Next.

"I'm devastated over the passing of John Witherspoon," Ice Cube wrote on Twitter. "Life won't be as funny without him,” Ice Cube wrote on Twitter.

Witherspoon also played John “Pops” Williams on the sitcom The Wayans Bros, portrayed the character Spoon on NBC’s The Tracey Morgan Show, and had roles alongside Eddie Murphy in Boomerang and Vampire in Brooklyn. He contributed voice acting to The Boondocks, where he played Granddad alongside Regina King, who voiced the two children, Riley and Huey Freeman. Most recently, Witherspoon received television credits on The First Family, black-ish, and the Adult Swim series Black Jesus.

But along with his work on TV and film, Witherspoon was well-liked throughout the hip-hop community and appeared in multiple music videos, even playing a small role in Death Row’s 1995 mini-film Murder Was the Case. Below is a brief list of music videos that Witherspoon appeared in among some of rap's greats.

Jay Z – “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me)”

In the video for his Neptunes-produced hit, Jay-Z is hosting a mansion party with his Roc-A-Fella family that’s causing a racket in his neighborhood. John Witherspoon is in full "get off my lawn" mode as an ornery neighbor. But once he sees the beautiful women rolling in, he changes his tune. He eventually scams his way into the party by faking like he’s other black celebs – “don’t y’all know me? I’m Will Smith! Jackie Robinson! Jay-Z!” – and dances the night away.

Field Mob – "Sick of Being Lonely"

Field Mob’s “Sick of Being Lonely” was a bop when it dropped in 2001, and the Atlanta duo had John Witherspoon come by and relived a couple of his memorable moments from Friday and The Wayans Brothers. Then Witherspoon does a quick dance and tells the two artists to kiss ladies “from the roota to the toota,” citing the title of their album.

Goodie Mob – "They Don’t Dance No Mo”

The lead single from Goodie Mob’s 1998 album Still Standing, “They Don’t Dance No Mo” finds John Witherspoon sitting in his living room entertaining his family as he brags on his dancing skills. After showing off his signature shoulder shake, Witherspoon calls on his son, played by Goodie Mob member CeeLo Green, to display his footwork as well. Witherspoon appears at the conclusion of the video, where we see him and his family dancing together.

LL Cool J – “Ain’t Nobody”

LL Cool J’s “Ain’t Nobody” video is a musical family reunion. The fun-filled clip, where everyone enjoys time in a huge swimming pool, features the likes of Brian McKnight, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Alfonso Ribeiro, Cedric the Entertainer, and former NBA player John Salley, among others. A shirtless Witherspoon, surrounded by women, appears near the end of the video performing his signature shoulder shake.

Hitman Sammy Sam – "Step Daddy"

In the most obscure video of the bunch, Atlanta rapper Hitman Sammy Sam's 2003 song "Step Daddy" depicts how stepfathers are disrespected by their spouse's children. In the hilarious video, Witherspoon plays the song's namesake, with two bad ass kids running him ragged.

Continue Reading

Top Stories