By Brian Ives
If, for some reason, you missed ZZ Top‘s excellent 2012 album, La Futura, that’s your bad. But the legendary Texan trio hit the stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to remind you of the centerpiece of that record, “I Gotsta Get Paid.”
You might remember the song from its use in a memorable commercial for Jeremiah Weed, a company that specializes in whiskey-based drinks. But the song itself has its origins with a substance even more mind-altering than booze.
It’s not quite a cover, but “I Gotsta Get Paid” draws heavily from “25 Lighters,” a song by Texas hip-hop artist DJ DMD, an ode the practice of gutting Bic lighters to hide crack cocaine in them. DJ DMD and his collaborators on the track, Fat Pat and Lil Keke, each got co-songwriting credit on the ZZ Top track. The song, and the entire La Futura album was produced by Rick Rubin, someone who knows a little something about combining rock and hip-hop.