You gotta hand it to PSY. The Korean superstar behind “Gangnam Style” writes about what he knows, with boozing it up being one of his particular areas of expertise. “Yes, I’m a heavy drinker,” PSY tells Billboard in a new interview. “I can honestly say [I’m hungover] half of the year.”
Naturally, his affinity for having a drink (or two or three or four…) has proven to be excellent song-fodder, with the explosive success right out of the gate for new single “Hangover,” featuring Snoop Dogg. In less than two days since its release, the song’s zany video has attracted more than 25 million views on YouTube.
PSY says he immediately thought of Snoop when the track’s title popped into his head.
“One day I wrote a hip-hop track and I thought about one catchy word,” he says. “I was hungover and I thought about hangover, so I just recorded it right away. As soon as I got that hook part I thought about Snoop Dogg, because we all know he’s hanging over every day.”
Securing the D-O double G’s services also proved to be fairly simple. “I called him and said ‘I’m PSY, do you know me?’ and he was like ‘What?'” he recalls of what must have been the weirdest phone conversation ever. “I said ‘can you feature on my song’ and he’s asking the title and I say ‘Hangover.’ And he said, ‘Oh, I’m doing it.’ So, that’s how we met.”
In the full interview (above), PSY also outs himself as a realist. “I cannot beat that song forever,” he says of “Gangnam Style.” “How can I beat a song that has 2 billion views?”