We at Syffal are huge fans of the Jehri Curl. This Epic hair style is one of the few that can be nailed down to a specific time period in history. It's greasy mark is tattooed into pop culture history and it's significance can not be over-looked. This grease served as the accelerant that lit Michael Jackson's head on fire, in Coming To America it inspired the best fictional ad in cinema history, and it could always be counted on as a spare lubricator to fix creaky doors and venture into anal territory. This is the reason why, for this week's One Song, we chose to pick our favorite video by a Permed/Jehri Curled artist. But first we'll update you on the well-being of this week's contributors:
Not only is this my ringtone when Del calls, but it's the only cassette single my sister brought on our family vacation to Florida when I was a kid so all I can do is remember the sight of Epcot Center and blisters on my feet. The perm JJ is rocking is so flippable and buoyant, you could either save a drowning child with it, or soak up an oil spill off the coast of Louisiana with the muthafucker. SUAVE and BLACK PANTSED. Just like Del.
When I think of jehri curls I think of Lionel Richie. So what better way to celebrate this theme with a delightful and unintentional creepy video. Hello? Lionel? You are stalking a blind woman. Did you not realize how disturbing this would be? Fortunately for Lionel, the blind women can't tell he is creeping in the shadows (obviously) and we have a happy ending. Lionel gets the blind girl and she sculpts his amazing hair out of clay. WEEEEEIRD.
Editor's Note: Though this isn't a music video I am still gonna let it fly a. because it is awesome and b. shit like this drives Del's OCD through the fucking roof.
When is the hologram Randy Watson and sexual chocolate tour going to be announced? Maybe it will happen when TV Land decides to finally re-run the 'What's Going Down' episode of "That's My Mama".
Gangsta rap's version of hair metal's lusciously cemented bangs, the Jehri Curl, as purveyed by members of NWA and ICE-T, was a staple do of late 80's/early 90's black megastars. It was a style that transcended any genre to include the likes of Lionel Richie and the undisputed king of pop, Michael Jackson. It's unnatural mixture of oils and flammable chemicals almost cost The Man in Mirror his career in a Ghost Rideresque episode of human torch. Go, Pepsi! It left stains on many a couch arranged around coffee tables laden with old issues of Jet. DJ Quik rocked one of the most formidable Curl's in the game. It was evident in all its glory here on his anthemic, "Born and Raised in Compton". Dj Quik was riding high, quite literally, in the early 90s. Quik has become something of a west coast folk hero who is still managing to make pretty decent music. While Cube and T have both crossed over into more lucrative and mainstream television and film roles, Quik is still down to blaze a pound and starts off songs with resounding Fuck yous! The Jheri Curl represented a place in time, but Quik has come to be a representative of something more - the aesthetic of not giving a Fuck! You kind of had to not give a Fuck to walk around with all that shit dripping all over the back of your Ben Davis'. While the brazen criminal characterizations that dominated that period in time, along with the Jehri Curl, has past their prime, the "Fuck you" mindset remains alive and well.
This song gets explosively defecated EVERYWHERE to a relentless degree during each Halloween season. Although the grand majority of western holidays have been ruined for me as a result of gross overuses such as this, Thriller has proved to somehow be an exception. The song has, quite miraculously, managed to stay on my good side despite also being subject to an innumerable series of awful remixes and covers. I could go on and on about how immortal Thriller is, but it now looks like I'm going to be spending the remainder of my afternoon perusing eBay for a knockoff of Michael's jacket.
The greatest Jheri Curl MC in the history of the game and nobody picks him?
You guys are all fired.
HARD ASS shit. HARDER ASS HAIRSTYLES. Perms, Jheri Curls, and an assortment of follicle-phenoms at every camera's turn. Ice Cube is the obvious choice, but Eazy E is monolithic. Both in curl and cadence. I digress. There's nothing else I can say about this masterpiece that hasn't been said before.