You’ll Never Guess Who Inspired Kelsea Ballerini’s “Yeah Boy”

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Country music starlet Kelsea Ballerini's "Yeah Boy" has a rather odd origin story and even stranger muse. More on the matter here...

When you think of country loves songs images of pretty girl next door types and handsomely rugged country boys instantly flood your mind. Well, when it comes to Kelsea Ballerini’s hit song “Yeah Boy,” the inspiration came from an unusual source— Flavor Flav. Yes, the 58-year-old rapper and television personality who’s known for his unmistakable signature phrase,”Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!”

It’s a little shockingly out of context, but here’s the story— When co-writing the song with Forest Glen Whitehead and Keesy Timmer, 23-year-old Ballerini was recalling a Super Bowl commercial which featured Flavor Flav and his notorious exclamation. With this audio in her latent memory, a song with virtually no relation to the rapper was born.

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“I went into this write and I had that commercial … in my head,” the songbird recalled to Taste of Country. “We spent like 30 minutes Googling this commercial and it’s a Super Bowl commercial for Doritos. And Flavor Flav is the ‘Yeah boy!’”

Obviously the singer-songwriter’s unexpected muse lead to a massive success! “Yeah Boy” peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot Country chart and No.3 on the Country Airplay chart upon its release in October 2016. In December of that year, the colorful 90’s-esque music video for “Yeah Boy” was uploaded to her Vevo channel on YouTube. As of March 2017, “Yeah Boy” has sold 144,000 copies in the U.S.

Sadly, Flav didn’t make a cameo appearance in Kelsea’s “Yeah Boy” music video.

Ballerini’s new music is on the way and it’s going to be something different than what we’ve heard from her in the past. Will she step away from her young, flirty sounds or stick to a similar theme? We’ll get a better feel for her latest tunes as she joins Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good Tour with Brett Young beginning May 26th in Bakersfield, California. More information on tickets can be found on her website. You’re not going to want to miss your chance to catch her in a city near you!

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