‘Office Space’ – 5 Essential Soundtrack Cuts
While some may say that the TV show ‘The Office’ is the quintessential and comedic example of a typical American office, the 1999 film ‘Office Space,’ starring Jennifer Anniston, Ron Livington and Stephen Root, made cubicle-dwelling, pencil-pushing suits shake their heads, but laugh hysterically at the same time.
And to make things even more hilarious, the film’s soundtrack is completely filled with hip-hop tracks that one would never think could go with a plot like this one. However, what seems like polar opposites in the film actually make this a cult classic. We all know that the iconic printer scene would not be the same without the Geto Boys’ ‘Still’ playing in the background.
Here are the five essential tracks.
‘Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee’
Remember the last time you were given the most mundane assignment or got shafted by a co-worker or even your boss? Well, Canibus‘ ‘Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee,’ featuring Biz Markie would essentially be your jam.
The New York rapper says it best when he spits, “Yo 6 o’clock every morning you waking up yawning / To the sound of your alarm clock alarm / About an hour from now / You should be at the place of employment / Which is annoying cause it’s so boring / Your co-workers are talking too loud for you to ignore them / It affects your occupational performance.”
‘Get Dis Money’
Although Slum Village may have been rapping about how their making bank off their hip-hop careers, ‘Get Dis Money’ can also be applied to office life or the guys in ‘Office Space.’ As the scenes show them doing mind-numbing tasks at the office, the characters keep at it to get that paycheck. And no one can blame them for that.
‘Get Off My Elevator’
Frustrated with that person who gets on the elevator when they only have to go one floor up? Or the one who just stands way too close to you when it’s obvious that there’s still space? Then Kool Keith‘s ‘Get Off My Elevator’ is the song for you. Nothing says “step off” like these lyrics, “Get off my elevator! / (Security will escort you out the building) / Get off my elevator! (That woman is nosey, trying to find out business).”
‘Big Boss Man’
Originally performed by blues musician Jimmy Reed in 1961, ‘Big Boss Man’ is the the track that every frustrated employee would love to play whenever he or she is trying to contact that supervisor who just won’t get back to them.
“You make work all day without any time off / I got to tell you boss man / This job just won’t last / Big boss man / Can you hear me when I call,” Junior Reid, who does this reggae version, sings.
‘Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta’
Geto Boys may have released ‘Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta’ in 1992 when their album, ‘Uncut Dope: Geto Boys’ Best,’ dropped, but the track becomes the perfect song for the employee who receives the small victories from his or her otherwise routine job.
In the film, the main character, Peter breaks all the office rules and feels pretty gangsta while doing it. While we’re not saying you should do the same, at least you can play this track and then pretend that you’re just as gangsta as Peter was.