Oakland’s Luniz released “I Got 5 On It,” the lead single from their debut album in the summer of 1995. Nowadays, the duo’s platinum-certified hit is an undisputed stoners’ anthem, soundtracking countless hotboxes over the last two decades. Now though, Jordan Peele‘s upcoming psychological horror film, Us, intends to reinvent the classic Mary Jane jam into a haunting, downtempo suspense builder, as showcased in the film’s thrill ride trailer, released at the end of 2018.
The remix’s name comes from the harrowing doppelgänger figures in the film, known as The Tethered. The original cut’s iconic sleepy Bay Area lyrical flow and famous keys are left largely intact in the intro to the “tethered mix,” though the lyrics are quickly filtered down and almost completely swallowed by bone-chilling strings. The cinematic remix then breaks into hair-raising bass stabs and dramatic percussive accents, making for a spine-tingling take on one of the most recognized West Coast rap cuts of all time. Us, which premiered earlier this month at SXSW, is set for its theatrical release on March 22. Listen to ‘I Got 5 On It’ below, like you’ve never heard it before.
Just in time for people to enjoy during their relaxed summer weekends, Sultan + Shepard have released one of their most laidback tracks to date: “I Got 5 On It.” The song draws inspiration from Luniz‘s 1996 hit song for the lyrics, and the producers infused pulsing house chords creating a catchy house track perfect for radio play. The duo talked about their inspirations for “I Got 5 On It.”
“’I Got 5 On It’ by Luniz has always been one of our favorite hip hop records from the 90’s,” the duo said of their rework of the track. “It was a big part of both of our lives when we were growing up – it was kind of the weed smokers anthem and we support that! Whenever we sample a record we always want to add something new to it or flip it in a way that hasn’t been done yet. The music of the original was kind of dark and moody so we wanted to create an instrumental that was equally chill but a little happier than the original. Ultimately it was just a lot of fun for us to make this song because it brought back so many good (and slightly hazy) memories for us.”