The Creep (song)

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"The Creep"
Single by The Lonely Island featuring Nicki Minaj
from the album Turtleneck & Chain
Released January 29, 2011
Format Digital download, CD single
Genre Comedy hip hop
Length 2:40
Label Universal Republic
Writer(s) Andy Samberg, Onika Maraj, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Scott Jung
Producer(s) CHOPS
The Lonely Island singles chronology
"I Just Had Sex"
(2010)
"The Creep"
(2011)
"We're Back!"
(2011)
Nicki Minaj chronology
"Moment 4 Life"
(2011)
"The Creep"
(2011)
"Did It On'em"
(2011)

"The Creep" is a song by American comedy hip hop group The Lonely Island, released as the second single from their second studio album Turtleneck & Chain. It features rapper Nicki Minaj. Filmmaker John Waters also gives the introduction to the song. He is credited as a featured artist on the album, but not the single. The song as well as its music video made its debut on Saturday Night Live on January 29, 2011.

The song and its lyrics revolve around a dance called the "Creep", as well as "creeping" in various scenarios and places.

Background[edit]

"The Creep" was written by The Lonely Island during the summer of 2010. The comedy troupe, in the same fashion to the recording process for their debut, Incredibad, rented a house in Los Angeles and created a makeshift studio where they would record songs. Taccone first created the idea for the dance, and the troupe then decided that it would be best for Waters to introduce the song, as they were all fans of his work.[1] The song's lyrics have often been interpreted as anti-rape and bear many opposites to the controversial Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke that has been believed to glorify rape the objectification of women.

Music video[edit]

The video begins with an introduction by John Waters; the song begins, and the three members of The Lonely Island come out "doing the creep", the dance that the song revolves around. They are also dressed as "creepers", wearing grey suits, green ties, pencil mustaches and big-framed glasses. The video generally revolves around the lyrical content of the song, and the Lonely Island are seen creeping in various places. After the first two verses, Nicki Minaj raps the third verse from a female point of view as a "creeper", hiding in a locker in a male locker room. The video and the song end with a reappearance by John Waters, who seductively says, "Don't forget to smile!"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[2] 90
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 82

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heisler, Steve. "The Lonely Island | Music | Interview". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  2. ^ "The Lonely Island Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for The Lonely Island. Retrieved 2011-03-24.
  3. ^ "The Lonely Island Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for The Lonely Island. Retrieved 2011-03-24.