The Lonely Island Discusses New Album, Grammy Nod
XXL: So what about Lil B? He’s from the Bay. He’s a pretty strange character. You guys know about Lil B?
Samberg: Yeah, I mean we loved the “Vans” song when that one came out.
Schaffer: Our friend Drew Campbell – he makes beats in the Bay Area – he was the one that made the beat for E-40 with us. He’s the one that made the beat for “Mother Lover” and he made the beat for “Throw It On The Ground,” which is also on the new record. He made a couple on the old record too. He recorded “Vans” for B so we were like, “Hey should we get on with The Pack? What’s up with The Pack?” So hopefully we will get to meet him at some point.
XXL: I would love to give you Lil B’s phone number and get that started because it would make perfect sense for you guys to do something.
Samberg: I’m sure Lil B with his album I’m Gay will probably like our song “No Homo.”
XXL: Oh, you did a song called “No Homo?” That’s great. I got to hear that. We were just talking about that in the office, wondering why a rapper hasn’t come out with a song titled “No Homo” yet.
Samberg: Oh, yeah. And we have an official plan to create a big poshy remix where we get real MCs to jump on it, like how everybody got on “Black and Yellow.”
XXL: That would be great.
Schaffer: When the album drops and everyone hears “No Homo,” we’re gonna see which rappers have the guts…[laughs]
XXL: You got to get Cam’ron – he’s the originator.
Schaffer: Yeah, he’s the king of it.
Samberg: Cam’ron may come through the studio to kill us. No, Let’s be specific about Cam’ron. Cam’ron would be our golden goose to have on the remix.
Schaffer: Those guys tear it up for real. He’d probably want to hear our version of “No Homo” before he makes any commitments. [laughs]
XXL: Give us a sample lyric so we know.
Schaffer: I’ll give you a hint. It gets slightly homo.
XXL: Although “No Homo” is a surprising track to have, I bet nothing’s been more shocking than the Grammy nomination, right?
Samberg: Yeah, that was hilarious. [Laughs]
XXL: I know a lot of serious critics really took offense to you guys even getting nominated. What were your thoughts on that?
Samberg: We would be right in the same category as them. We didn’t take offense, we were flattered. But, it was kind of funny to us because we expected if we were going to get nominated it would be for comedy album.
Schaffer: We were not nominated for Best Comedy Album, and to me, that was offensive because we had the best-selling comedy album of the year by far. But at the same time, it was awesome to be nominated so we were still like, “Alright!” There was that really good song with Wale and Lady Gaga that would’ve been in the category—
XXL: “Chillin” right, right.
Samberg: Oh my God. That song is the shit.
Schaffer: Yeah, that’s a rap R&B duo collaboration or whatever. That was the category.
Samberg: Even T- Pain, when we saw him at the end of the show, he was like, “Man, I did a lot of songs this year.” [Laughs]
Schaffer: He did. He was like, ‘This is a joke.’ But it was also hilarious to be in a category with “Run This Town.” We knew we weren’t going to win. [Laughs] We had a lot of fun at the Grammys because we were never nervous about winning. We were like, “Well, we’re up against ‘Run This Town.’ That’s hilarious.”
XXL: Did any rappers treat you funny because of the fact that you were in that category? Or was it all love?
Schaffer: We were actually thrilled at how nice everybody was. It’s not our fault that the Grammys are crazy. [laughs]