A rendition is a performance or interpretation, especially of a dramatic role or piece of music.
1986: Berkeley, Californiaâ€™s Timex Social Club release â€œThinkinâ€™ About Yaâ€ and are labelled the creators of a new movement that successfully merge rnb and hip hop – subsequently popularized and referred to as the late 80â€™s/early 90â€™s sound we now thankfully call â€œNew Jack Swingâ€. TSC sadly disbands shortly after they release â€œThinkin About Yaâ€.
1987: Timex Crew founder Jay King forms new band, Club Nouveau, and releases â€œWhy You Treat Me So Badâ€ where he interpolates key pieces of â€œThinkinâ€™ About Yaâ€ and reworks its main hook melody, making it an even more memorable rendition than his last, as it rises on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaks at #39.
1995: Bay Area Smokers, Luniz, enlist the help from former Timex Social Club lead singer Michael Marshall to release their rendition of â€œThinkin About Yaâ€â€™s main hook melody – solely to celebrate the feeling one has when they go $5 on a dime bag with a Homie, and release â€œI Got 5 on Itâ€ as a collaborative record – doing one better and peaking at #8 on Billboardâ€™s Hot 100 – which also arguably sets the highest president for a Smoker Anthemâ€™s around the world (no pun intended), becoming a certified classic in the culture.
1999-2013 Notable Renditions: â€œSatisfy Youâ€ by Puff Daddy, â€œIâ€™m Gonna Be Alrightâ€ Trackmasters Remix by J-Lo with Nas & 50Cent, â€œIrresistibleâ€ So So Def Remix by Jessica Simpson with Lil Bow Wow & JD, â€œOnly Youâ€ by Ashanti, â€œThe Way Life Used to Beâ€ by Snoop Dogg, â€œHeaven and Hellâ€ by Meek Mill with Jadakiss and Guordan Banks, â€œI Knowâ€ by Yo Gotti
2016: Notes to Self BBRC release their rendition of the former classic and aptly title theirs â€œI Got 5 Hundredâ€ – enlisting a new voice for the hook, one of Rob GFâ€™s, with producer duo Book & Bronze clearly paying homage behind the boards to Timex Crew & Club Neuveau with a sound-reboot, while BBRCâ€™s Roshin does nothing but metaphorically praise his dime bag heroâ€™s, Luniz, all over the track. The main change however, is one of content – while the Luniz requested you bring something to throw on a joint, the BBRC gang tell everyone to come over, cause theyâ€™re sitting on too much weed to smoke by themselves.
The Lunizâ€™ â€œI Got 5 on Itâ€ is THE definitive Smokerâ€™s Anthem in rap music. Sure, one can argue a number of other classics, but every rapper who smokes weed (about 98%) has bunned one to this song. Throwing 5 on a joint so that everyone gets to smoke is a fairly universal experience for broke teens trying get high. But, if you didnâ€™t have a 5 though, you were out of luckâ€¦ PERHAPS UNTIL NOW.
â€œ…Add a few more bills Iâ€™m down, Iâ€™ve got 5 Hundred, lets go half on a pound.â€