“Ray Ban Vision” – A-Track
Be careful, this song has a nasty habit of getting stuck in your head for days at a time. Most of the time I would say this is a good thing, but with this song I’m not so sure.
“Ray Ban Vision” was made popular by the 2012 film Project X in which some kids throw a big ass party and destroy a neighborhood. Not important. However, A-Trak is very important.
Born in Montréal, Quebec and based in New York City, New York, A-Trak (born Alain Macklovitch on March 30, 1982) was the first DJ to win all three major DJ competition titles (DMC, ITF and Vestax), as well as being the first DJ to win five World Championships. He won the DMC World DJ Championship in 1997 at the age of 15, making him the youngest and first Canadian winner of the competition. In addition, A-Trak developed a now widely used system of notation for scratching on turntables, making the instrument much more accessible and easier to teach.
A-Trak is also half of the disco house production duo named Duck Sauce. We actually featured their single “aNYway” way back when, and that song is equally badass and catchy. Duck Sauce has achieved massive success worldwide including reaching the top chart position in twelve countries and attaining the coveted #1 spot on the US Dance Billboard charts.
In October 2010, he released “Ray Ban Vision” with G.O.O.D. Music’s CyHi Da Prynce. This silly song about sunglasses is also, lyrically, one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. Lines like this solidify this:
Ray ban vision, can you see me mami?
Making bitches out of paper like origami
Pussy on tsunami, they slaughter a salami
What the hell? Who writes lines and like this but more importantly, why do I enjoy listening so much?! As with so much terribly fantastic hip-hop, no one will ever know. Perhaps this song is meant to be listened to with a dark lens!