Album: Whatcha Wanna Do?
Label: Upper Level
In the canon of New Orleans standards, "Iko Iko" stands near the top. Originally penned by James "Sugar Boy" Crawford in 1953, the near-gibberish tale of Mardi Gras Indians spread like wildfire throughout popular music over the past 60 years. PNC, the group responsible for bounce anthems like "Pump Tha Party," reached back to "Iko Iko" with "NO Block Party," retrofitting its instantly recognizable melody to the sound and language ("hot girls sitting by the bayou") of the '90s. DJ Jubilee, another bounce favorite, also kicks in some of his trademark chants.