The Luniz’ Biggest Hit Is A Backdrop For The Most Anticipated Horror Film Of 2019
More than two decades ago, The Luniz burst onto the scene with their 1995 crossover hit “I Got 5 On It.” During a year of releases that included Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… and Mobb Deep’s The Infamous, the duo of Numskull and Yukmouth had their debut LP Operation Stackola buried under their contemporaries. Featuring Time Social Club’s Mike Marshall, “I Got 5 On It” ended up becoming a platinum-certified single just months after it was released and reached #8 on the United States song charts.
Post-Operation Stackola, The Luniz released two more group studio albums, including 1997’s Lunitik Muzik, which ended up being certified gold and peaking at #34. The C-Note Records outfit also landed on Rap-A-Lot Records for a stint in the early 2000s. That said, no song from the Oakland duo would receive the international awareness of their 1995 hit. Now, more than 23 years later, The Luniz are presumably getting cut a new check for “I Got 5 On It” as the Tone Capone-produced song became the background for the trailer of Jordan Peele’s new upcoming horror movie Us.
The two-and-a-half minute preview of the film begins with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (who plays Adelaide Wilson) and her family returning to her childhood home for a picturesque summer vacation. In driving to their destination, Wilson and her husband Gabe (played by Black Panther’s Winston Duke) rejoice when “I Got 5 On It” plays on their vehicle’s stereo. It remains in the background of the trailer and when things start to get eerie – particularly when the family discovers their neighbors are demon versions of themselves – the song transforms from a party song about throwing money on weed to a chopped up slowed down version many heads probably didn’t believe could ever be created.
Us is slated for a March 15, 2019 release via Universal Pictures. Monkeypaw Productions handled the film’s creation with Peele being joined by Sean McKittrick and Jason Blum in the production credits.
The Luniz are presently reunited for concerts. In 2018, they released “Surrounded By Warriors” with Mistah F.A.B.