Three Loco

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Three Loco
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Comedy hip hop
Years active 2011–present
Labels Mad Decent, Jeffree's
Associated acts Diplo, Porcelain Black
Members Andy Milonakis
Dirt Nasty
Riff Raff

Three Loco (stylized as ¡Three Loco!) is an American comedy hip hop[1] group composed of Andy Milonakis, Simon Rex (Dirt Nasty), and Jody Christian (Riff Raff).[2] The trio has self-proclaimed themselves as the "Holy Trinity of hip-hop".[3] In an e-mail interview with Earmilk, Dirt Nasty jokingly states that Three Loco's sound is that of "Martha Stewart giving birth to a chalk board".[1]

History[edit]

Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty, and Riff Raff are alumni of the American cable network MTV.[4] Andy Milonakis had a sketch comedy show on MTV titled The Andy Milonakis Show from 2005 to 2007. Dirt Nasty was a video jockey (VJ) on MTV during the mid-1990s. Riff Raff was a contestant on the second season of the MTV reality show From G's to Gents, before being booted out during the second episode. In an e-mail interview with Earmilk, both Andy Milonakis and Riff Raff hope for a television series and a feature film in the future featuring the Three Loco trio.[1]

Album Release[edit]

Their eponymous debut album ¡Three Loco! was released by Mad Decent on November 27, 2012.[5] A three-song sampler has been released by Mad Decent imprint Jeffree's on 14 August 2012 as a teaser for the album.[6] The sampler includes the songs: "We Are Farmers" (feat. Diplo) (prod. Derek "DJA" Allen), "NEATO" (prod. Nik Nikateen), "Jump Rope" (feat. Porcelain Black) (prod. Rich Skillz) The album is slated to feature both hip-hop and electro house beats, with further guest vocals provided by Diplo.[7]

The song "We Are Farmers", originally released in January 2012,[7] samples the Farmers Insurance Group jingle. However, the reworked version of the song was officially released on 13 August 2012 and features a guest rap by American DJ and music producer Thomas Wentz (Diplo), marking Diplo's official rap debut.[5] The accompanying music video was directed by longtime Dirt Nasty friend and collaborator, Nicholaus "Nick" Goossen. The music video was removed from YouTube after the group received a cease and desist letter from Farmers Insurance Group.

The song "Jump Rope" was released on 13 April 2012 and features guest vocals by industrial pop singer Porcelain Black. According to an e-mail interview with Earmilk, Andy Milonakis stated that the song samples a song by Shelley Duvall from the 1980 film Popeye.[1]

The song "NEATO" was officially released on 18 May 2012. The song makes references to Cheetos, Steven Seagal, Fritos, Lilo & Stitch(Lilo refers to Lindsay Lohan), Rihanna, Tim Tebow, Totino's, Waka Flocka Flame, etc. The accompanying music video, directed by Canadian film director Mike Clattenburg,[8] pays tribute to the cult 1994 film Pulp Fiction and features a cameo by Jordan Capozzi (Lil Debbie) from the former hip hop group White Girl Mob.[9]

On 12 November 2012, after reportedly six months of delays on the part of their label, Andy Milonakis released another single off of their EP called "Bong Hits." [10]

Critical Response[edit]

Hypetrak's Richard Brooks refers to Three Loco as "hip-hop's Three Musketeers".[11] Yet, indie label Discobelle Records describes Three Loco as the "twisted musical equivalent" of Chevy Chase, Martin Short, and Steve Martin in the 1986 film Three Amigos.[12]

Discography[edit]

¡Three Loco!
EP by Three Loco
Released November 27, 2012
Recorded 2012
Genre Comedy hip hop
Label Mad Decent
Producer Nik Nikateen, Sinden, 5kinandbone5, Diplo, So Shifty, IDAP, Dirt Nasty, DJA
Singles from ¡Three Loco!
  1. "Neato"
    Released: May 18, 2012
  2. "We Are Llamas"
    Released: October 18, 2012
  3. "Bong Hits"
    Released: November 27, 2012
  4. "Beer"
    Released: February 14, 2013

¡Three Loco! is the debut EP. The tracks We Are Farmers and Jump Rope featuring Porcelain Black were originally meant for the EP but were scrapped due to legal issues with the samples.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer Length
1. "Neato"   Nik Nikateen 2:55
2. "Bills Are Paid"   Sinden, 5kinandbone5 3:28
3. "Bong Hits"   Sinden, 5kinandbone5 3:06
4. "Not Coming Home Tonight"   Diplo, So Shifty 3:35
5. "Beer"   IDAP 3:19
6. "Paranoid"   Dirt Nasty 3:31
7. "We Are Llamas" (featuring Diplo) DJA 3:52
8. "Make 'Em Wait"   IDAP 3:12

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Three Loco - We Are Farmers (Feat. Diplo) [Video Premiere + Interview]". Earmilk. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Three Loco - We Are Farmers". VICE. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Luis Tovar (13 August 2012). "Diplo Raps on Three Loko’s "We Are Farmers"". Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Victor Gonzales (26 June 2012). "Three Loco's Riff Raff, Andy Milonakis, Dirt Nasty Bring Blog Rap to LIV Miami on July 18". Miami New Times. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Gordon Goble (14 August 2012). "Three Loco – "We Are Farmers" (Feat. Diplo) Video". Stereogum. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Three Loco - Sampler (JEFF028)". Jeffree's. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Naomi Zeichner (13 August 2012). "Diplowatch 2012 #7: Diplo Raps". The Fader. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Three Loco - Neato Official Music Video". Mad Decent. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "WATCH: Three Loco — "Neato" Music Video.". egotripland.com. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Andy Milonakis' Twitter.". twitter.com. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Richard Brooks (14 August 2012). "Three Loco (RiFF RaFF, Dirt Nasty & Andy Milonakis) featuring Diplo – We Are Farmers". Hypetrak. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "VICE Premiere: "We Are Farmers" by Three Loco". Discobelle Records. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 

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