I Wish (Skee-Lo song)

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"I Wish"
Single by Skee-Lo
from the album I Wish
Released March 27, 1995
Format CD single, CD maxi single, cassette single, 12"
Recorded 1993 (Demo Version) ; 1994 (Album Version)
Genre Alternative hip hop, pop-rap
Length 4:10
Label Altra Moda Music
Producer(s) Walter "Kandor" Kahn \ Skee-Lo
Skee-Lo singles chronology
- "I Wish"
"Top of the Stairs"

"I Wish" is a hip-hop song by rapper Skee-Lo released in 1995 as the first single from his debut album of the same name. The track peaked at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100, number fifteen in the United Kingdom and number four in Sweden and Norway. Most of the song's Instruments are sampled from "Spinnin'" by Bernard Wright and (starting @ approx. 1:29) features a vocal sample of people shouting from the track "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren. The song also has a lyrical allusion to "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield.[citation needed]

In late 1993, Skee-Lo recorded the vocals for "I Wish" with a demoed instrumental track sounding similar to the original. The song's vocals weren't mastered until the album's production in late 1994 - March 1995. The demo version was omitted from the I Wish album, but can be found on YouTube. In 1995, Skee-Lo measured a reported 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m).[1]

The song was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards, but lost to Coolio for his song "Gangsta's Paradise." Blender listed "I Wish" as number 359 on its list of "Greatest Songs Since You Were Born."[2] The music video, directed by Marty Thomas, was nominated for three Billboard Music Video Awards including "Best New Artist Music Video" and "Maximum Vision Clip of the Year".[citation needed]


In the song Skee-Lo is wishing for a girl, but she says he is not her type. He wishes he was more like her boyfriend, taller ("like six-foot-nine") and a basketball player ("a baller"). He also wishes for a better car, specifically a '64 Impala. The lyrics also mention Crenshaw, and a signpost featuring the street name appears in the background of the music video.[citation needed]

In other media[edit]

"I Wish" is heard in the 2006 film, American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile.

The Secret Handshake did a cover of this song on Punk Goes Crunk.

One of mashup duo 2manydjs most famous mashups is the entire a cappella of "I Wish" played over Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" then The Breeders "Cannonball" on As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2.

In 2007, in the Hot Stylz single "Lookin Boy", the song was referred.

Far East Movement did a cover of this song for the 2008 film Ping Pong Playa.

"I Wish" is featured in the background of the Lizzie McGuire episode "A Gordo Story"

"I Wish" is also featured as one of the lyrical tracks from Girl Talk's album All Day, on the track "Jump on Stage".

The song was featured on an episode of America's Funniest Home Videos (dated May 11, 2008) in a music montage of basketball mishaps.

"I Wish" is also featured in a 2013 Toyota RAV4 commercial, in which there would be a "RAV4 Genie" granting people's wishes.

Skee-Lo appeared with Cher Lloyd on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in November 2013, performing portions of "I Wish" along with her single "I Wish".[1]

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube released a remix of this song with NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala, and Kobe Bryant appearing in the video to advertise his movie Ride Along. It appeared on the NBA on ESPN and ABC during their Christmas Day coverage.


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1995/96) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 21
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 76
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 5
France (SNEP)[7] 24
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 17
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 14
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 10
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[15] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[16] 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[16] 22
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs[16] 33

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1995) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[17] 58


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