But now the South Korean superstar is ready to seriously party, like, adult style. And when it’s professional tipping you’re after, the first (and probably only) person on your list should be Snoop Dogg.
“What I thought was I should refresh myself, and people, that I’m doing something different, so I thought about maybe changing genres,” Psy told MTV News about the retro 808 hip-hop style beat on his just-released single, “Hangover.” When he wrote the track, Psy was searching for a catchy hook, and, shocker, he came up with the perfect one the morning after a night of serious “over drinking.”
The video opens with Psy waking up in a trashed room, then running to the toilet to relive the previous night’s revelry, with Snoop popping up out of the bathtub to help his pal get the poison out. The brain wormy dancehall-style hook and the Jason Derulo-style honking horns combined with Snoop rhythmic back slapping and the sight of the two friends brushing their teeth together suggests that Psy may have hit mega-click gold again.
Psy said he felt confident that he’d nailed the booming 808 beat and the “hangover, hangover, hangover” hook, but something was missing. Oh, right, Snoop. “After that hook part was done, right away I thought about Snoop Dogg,” he said. “He’s hanging over every day, so, wow, I should call him!” International phone calls were made, pleasantries exchanged and, not surprisingly, Snoop was way into the song’s title.
Though they recorded their parts in California and South Korea, Psy said that as soon as he heard Snoop’s lines about “drink til ya drunk/Smoke like a broke stove/Don’t quit, take flight/I can’t remember last night,” he knew magic was happening.
And because it’s a Psy video, in addition to seeing the odd couple having late night snacks at a streetside bodega, we see Psy swimming in a fountain, setting off the world’s coolest domino shot drop and scooping up a pair of housewife honeys for a karaoke bar excursion that has Psy so loaded he starts seeing everything in 3D.
“We [shot] that music video in Korea… Snoop and I both had only 18 hours,” said Psy of the January shoot in which the Doggfather can, yes, be seen skipping merrily through an amusement park. “Snoop’s calculation was 8 hours of shooting and 10 hours of partying. That’s what he thought, and honestly, that’s how I convinced him to bring him to Korea.”
The reality, though, was a grueling 18-hour, no party-time shoot that had Snoop begging for a break. Next time, for sure.
With additional reporting by James Lacsina.