I Wish (Skee-Lo song)
|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|
|Label||Altra Moda Music|
|Producer||Walter "Kandor" Kahn \ Skee-Lo|
|Skee-Lo singles chronology|
"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. It samples the songs "Spinnin'" by Bernard Wright and "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren. In late 1993, Skee-Lo recorded the vocals for "I Wish" with a demoed instrumental track sounding similar to the original. The songs 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.
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." 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". Rolling Stone Magazine wrote. "I Wish is the Video of the Moment".
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 and a basketball player (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.
In other media
"I Wish" is heard in the 2006 film, American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile.
"I Wish" is featured in the background of the Lizzie McGuire episode "A Gordo Story"
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 Super Bowl commercial, in which there would be a "RAV4 Genie" granting people's wishes.
|Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart||22|
|Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart||21|
|Canadian RPM Singles Chart||76|
|Dutch Mega Top 100||6|
|Finnish Singles Chart||5|
|French SNEP Singles Chart||24|
|German Singles Chart||14|
|Irish Singles Chart||17|
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart||14|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||4|
|Swedish Singles Chart||4|
|Swiss Singles Chart||10|
|UK Singles Chart||15|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||13|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||22|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs||33|
End of year charts
|End of year chart (1995)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||58|
- "Blender Magazine Greatest Songs Since You Were Born". Retrieved December 5, 2008.
- ""I Wish", in various singles charts". Lescharts. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
- "Top Singles - Volume 62, No. 12, October 23, 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "Skee-Lo, German Singles Chart". Charts-surfer. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
- "Irish Singles Chart, database". Irishcharts. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
- ""I Wish", UK Singles Chart". Chartstats. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
- "Skee-Lo, Billboard charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Retrieved 2010-08-27.
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