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Can't Knock the Hustle

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"Can't Knock the Hustle"
Can't Knock the Hustle cover
Single by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Black Album)
Released October 11, 2018
Recorded 2018
Length 3:42
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Dave Sitek
Status officially released
Live debut December 31, 2018 (recorded, actual date unknown)
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Weezer singles chronology
"California Snow"
(2018)
"Can't Knock the Hustle"
(2018)
"Zombie Bastards"
(2018)
Weezer (The Black Album) track listing
"Can't Knock the Hustle"
(1)
"Zombie Bastards"
(2)

"Can't Knock the Hustle" is the lead single and first track from Weezer's self-titled 2019 album (The Black Album).

Appearances

Overview

On October 9, 2018, a Yelp profile under the name "Rivers Wentz W."[1] was shared by the band's social media accounts along with the text "Leave a five star review and I’ll leave you one too."[2] The following day, a TripAdvisor profile was also shared. Both had reviews contained the text:

"Can't knock the hustle!
Hasta luego
Hasta luego
Hasta luego
adios."

The song's existence was formally confirmed on October 10, 2018, with a release date of October 11 at 8 a.m. EST. The song was debuted live at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on December 31, 2018. The song was played at various concerts during the band's Spring 2019 tour.

The song features prominent background vocals by Roberta Freeman, best known for her work with Guns n' Roses.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo Hasta Luego Hasta Luego   3 01y AA @ 98 -5   01y.mp3 Presumed, though unknown if related to "Can't Knock the Hustle"
Rivers Cuomo Can't Knock the Hustle Can't Knock The Hustle   2 straighter AU @82  +2.mp3
Rivers Cuomo Can't Knock the Hustle Can't Knock the Hustle   13 new bridge demo @101 -2.wav
Weezer Can't Knock the Hustle CantKnock PreMixRef2.mp3
Weezer Can't Knock the Hustle CantKnock PreMixRef4.mp3
Weezer Can't Knock the Hustle CantKnock PreMixRef5.mp3
Weezer Can't Knock the Hustle CantKnock Matty Ref 6 LIM.mp3
Weezer Can't Knock the Hustle 2018
  • United Recording, Los Angeles, CA
  • Federal Prism Studios, Los Angeles, CA
3:34 Weezer (The Black Album)
Weezer Can't Knock the Hustle Can't Knock the Hustle (Squeaky Clean) - Baked_10_16_2018.mp3 October 16, 2018 Likely censored version; unknown if same as recording in circulation.
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Live performances

Personnel

Video/Audio

The music video was produced by Jerry Media and directed by Guy Blelloch. The video stars Pete Wentz (credited in the video as "Rivers Wentz") of the band Fall Out Boy and also features YouTuber Krispyshorts and Instagram model Romane Recalde. In a March 2019 Billboard interview,[3] Rivers Cuomo confirmed that the video had originally been filmed as a music video for the 2017 Pacific Daydream song "Happy Hour". According to an e-mail sent out to members of the Weezer Fan Club, the video was, prior to being reworked for "Can't Knock the Hustle", intended for the song "Midnight", which was originally planned as the debut single for the Black Album, before the unexpected success of "Rosanna" and "Africa" caused it to be pushed back, before being scrapped entirely.


Lyrics

Hasta luego
Hasta luego
Hasta luego adios

My manager's slacking so I gotta’ move quick
I'm lacking in natural gifts
I'm an ugly motherfucker but I work hella’ harder
And you can write a blog about it

Can't knock the hustle
Can't knock the hustle
Leave a five star review and I’ll leave you one too
Can't knock the hustle

Hasta luego
Hasta luego
Hasta luego adios

The future's so bright I gotta’ poke my eyes out
Running up my credit cards
Sellin' lemonade by the side of the road
You see it all from where you are

Can't knock the hustle
Can't knock the hustle
Leave a five star review and I’ll leave you one too
Can't knock the hustle

Hasta luego
Hasta luego
Hasta luego adios
Hasta luego
Hasta luego
Hasta luego adios

Don't step to me
Don't step to me
Don't step to me
Bitch

Now you can criticize me for anything
I ain't like them other boys
Higher education is the key to escape
But I never learned to roll a joint

Can't knock the hustle
Can't knock the hustle
Leave a five star review and I’ll leave you one too
Can't knock the hustle

Hasta luego
Hasta luego
Hasta luego adios
Hasta luego
Hasta luego
Hasta luego adios

See also

  1. File:Riverswentz yelp.jpeg
  2. @weezer "Leave a five star review and I’ll leave you one too" Twitter. 9 October 2018. https://twitter.com/Weezer/status/1049736267855011841
  3. Ginsberg, Gab. "Rivers Cuomo on His Data-Driven Approach to Weezer" Billboard. 1 March 2019. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8500614/weezer-rivers-cuomo-data-driven-approach-interview