You never, ever come whack on an old-school track.
In an effort to raise funds for Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up, Allen got on the mic at the unmistakably named “Tony Allen Karaoke Night,” and what poured forth was the sonic equivalent of hearing one’s own soul wither into rice paper.
The song of choice in this instance was “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan—a classic '90s hip-hop jam that every person regardless of ethnicity has gotten down to at some juncture in their life.
Allen took that song, and he did things to it that would earn a man a restraining order if done to a living creature. Shuffling and dancing along to the beat, the Grizzlies guard hopped in and out of the tune, singing the few words he knew (and didn’t know) as a kind woman tried valiantly to salvage the situation.
Later on Twitter, Allen expressed his surprise at how badly he handled the tune.
I can't believe I was having trouble with the words 2 / "This is how we Do it!!— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) April 17, 2013
At 31 years of age, this tune falls directly into Allen’s purview as a person who spent the majority of their youth in a time where this song was extremely popular. Even more confounding, perhaps, is the fact that the words are on the screen, Allen.
Despair not, everyone. Allen went on to redeem himself later in the night with a sterling version of “Rock With You” by the late pop giant Michael Jackson (click the link for the amazingness).
All kidding aside, we have to admire Allen’s work to help raise money for the kids, even if it did involve slaughtering well-known songs with a voice that could sunder a church bell.
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