By Apollo P
We cover One Hit Wonders from 2005-2009!
This is Part 2 of the four-part series dedicated to the prolific one hit wonders of the past 17 years.
2005: Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
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What’s sad about this one hit wonder is that it came from the people who were very pivotal in the Dirty South Movement. Gnarls Barkley is a soul duo, which consisted of Cee-Lo Green and producer Danger Mouse. How can two people who have amassed great success individually come together and become a one hit wonder? The song went on to get nominated for numerous award shows like BET awards, Grammys, MTV Music Video Awards, and more. In 2010, they announced they would release another album, but it never materialized.
2006: DJ Unk – Walk It Out
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DJ Unk has one of the most disappointing career spans. Unk started his career back in 1998 when he met DJ Jelly and DJ Monday. Two years later, DJ Unk got signed to a record label called Oomp. When the year 2006 rolled around Unk released a huge single titled “Walk it Out.” However, after the success of his single, Unk’s debut album didn’t do so well sales wise. He released other singles that fell on deaf ears. As of right now he’s probably taking selfies on Instagram and posting throwback Thursdays of the time he was successful.
2007: MIMS – This is Why I’m Hot
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MIMS started his career after dropping out of community college. After his time working with a Canadian group called Baby Blue Sound Crew, he released his single titled “L.O.V.E” that tanked (horribly). Soon after, he connected with the Blackout Movement back in the US, and they released the mega-hit titled “This Is Why I’m Hot.” The song reached number one on billboard hot 100 charts. After the success of the song, he released his album “Music is My Savior”. The Album didn’t get good reviews. He ended up disappearing into a scullion.
2008: Shawty Lo – Dey Know
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Shawty Lo (AKA the Man of the South) knows how to make a one hit wonder. Shawty Lo went from a group that had the one hit “D4L” to being solo and giving us his one hit wonder. However, after the success of his single and album, Shawty Lo’s buzz started to die down, and he started to release mixtapes for the next eight years. In 2016, Shawty Lo met an untimely demise; he passed away due to a fatal car accident. In 2017, they released a post mortem album “Rico.”
2009: Asher Roth – I Love College
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This is the song that made high schoolers happy to graduate and move on to post-secondary. Asher Roth made it on the scene with a student-friendly power song. However, after kids started to realize that not everyone could go to college (and that it’s cheaper to just go to college parties rather than going to college to party) Asher Roth’s hype died down. Now he is a 32-year rapper who has shot his load and clings on to his past.
Hang in there! We still got more One Hit Wonders coming up in Part 3 and 4!