November 28, 2011
Earlier this year the Food Blog took you behind the lens of the parody rap video “It’s About to Get Real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot”—yes, the same viral monsoon that earned more than 3 million views and snagged the attention of Lil’ John, Ryan Seacrest, Wall Street Journal, “Today Show” and NPR.
“It was written by a guy [writer-rapper David (“D.J. Dave”) Wittman] who understands the foodie genre,” says co-director George Woolley. “There’s a confluence of comedy, hip-hop and social commentary and a dose of knowing what a hip-hop video is supposed to look like.”
Wittman says that Whole Foods isn’t the only target of lyrics like “Damn I’m ’bout to check out/ Pay my $80 for six things and get the heck out.”
“Hey,” he says, “I am there. It’s about making fun of yourself too.”
In progressive topics that increasing amounts of Americans take rather seriously, the Fog and Smog team that Whittman and Woolley belong to finds fertile paydirt. (The ensemble is so named because most of its members share Bay Area roots and L.A. addresses.) Whittman is tinkering with an song that contrasts his Prius with his rebuilt Chevy Nova and considering a Westside L.A. versus Berkeley Whole Foods cred rap-off.
And now he and Fog and Smog have crafted “Yoga Girl.”
“As long as you can keep doing things that are funny and honest, you’re never losing,” Whittman says. “If people don’t dig it, it’s still funny and honest.”
Hard not to dig lyrics about the heart chakra, or fourth level chakra, that Woolley uses to close the song with:
"Unblock my chakras—you've got my fourth level exposed/ When you fold those lululemons in a bow pose...
"You're like a model with that metal water bottle always with you/ I'm trying to be Sleeping Vishnu."
And that’s about as real as getting gets.
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