First Hit #1: February 28, 2004
I can’t listen to this song without thinking of Dave Chappelle’s various sketches chronicling moments in the life of Lil’ Jon. Though it makes sense to include someone best known for saying Yeah on a song called Yeah, now every time I hear his contributions to the track I can’t help but laugh. A great comedy sketch can do that, color everything in a way that kind of makes it impossible to take it seriously ever again.
There’s more to the song than Lil’ Jon – though he also produces, so there’s more to Lil’ Jon than the word Yeah! – but it’s clear that it was designed purely as a single. It’s basically some dance klaxons, calling people to the dance floor with a song about finding a strange person in the club to do some sexy dancing, maybe even sexy sex. It’s single material, it’s unabashedly going after the current popular trends and keeping well within the popular wheelhouse. It’s calculated, but the calculations were at least correct – it was extremely popular and might be one of the defining tracks of 2004, kicking off what was essentially Usher’s year – he held the top position for over half of the year, with this song being the most popular of his hits.