Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. For those fans who still shamelessly dance to the lyrics, "shake it like a Polaroid picture," we thought it'd be interesting to find a little about the story behind the song.
The internet is filled with tidbits about the apparent history of the hit. Benjamin said about what's fact and what's fiction. The song went through several working titles, that was one of them. That song was actually the oldest one on the album because I had started writing it during the Stankonia tour. There was never a screenplay but I did envision a story about a guy that went to Paris and each song represented a different woman.
The concept started off as songs, then I reached out to a buddy to talk about filming it. It took time to shoot and a lot of money to finance. Musically, there was one vehicle the record company and you released full albums. Those realities affected the original plan.
We had also asked Ralph Lauren because I designed the clothes in the video to look like polo players, which is a style he popularized. I designed those before I had my own label -- Benjamin Bixby -- using fabric I found in my hometown. I got a seamstress to sew them up for me, and then the year the single came out I started to see more and more green in people's collections.
I don't know if there's such a thing as a royal green, but that's what I like to call it. In making "Hey Ya! In iTunes' first year in existence, it was the most downloaded song. Since its release in the song has continued to remain ubiquitous in pop culture. Check out this acoustic cover from the show, "Scrubs. So, of course we had to ask about this How did the line "Shake it like a Polaroid picture" come about? Apparently you're not actually supposed to shake those pictures. Laughs I have no idea!
In rap, lyric writing is what comes to mind, that was just the visual I had.