- Career Resurrection: While three years was the standard amount of time Al would spend between albums, his career had taken a considerable slump around the Turn of the Millennium. His first album of the 2000s, Poodle Hat, was not only a critical failure but failed to get a single once Eminem revoked permission to shoot a video for Al's "Lose Yourself" parody, meaning promotion was minimal. Then, while on tour, his parents both died from carbon monoxide poisoning, forcing him to take some time off afterwards to recuperate. Then while, working on this album, James Blunt's record label revoked permission to parody "You're Beautiful" (as "You're Pitiful"), forcing Al to write a completely different song at the eleventh hour. Thankfully, "White and Nerdy" became a massive hit and Al's status as a star musical comedian has been alive and well ever since.
- Defictionalization: After Al was seen vandalizing the Atlantic Records Wikipedia page in the video for White & Nerdy, many people have recreated the stunt on the site. Because of this, the page has been locked at times and committing the stunt will result in banishment from editing.
- Serendipity Writes the Plot: The Gangsta Rap-style cover art was actually finalized before Al wrote "White and Nerdy." When the first song was still "You're Pitiful," the joke was going to be that this tough-looking album started off with a sappy acoustic ballad. It ended up working better when the first song was change to a parody of an actual gangsta rap song.
- What Could Have Been:
- "You're Pitiful" (a parody of James Blunt's "Your Beautiful") was intended to be the lead single for the album, but while James Blunt gave his blessing, Atlantic Records revoked permission at the last second, supposedly out of fear that it would make Blunt a One-Hit Wonder (which happened anyway). Interestingly, Chamillionaire, whose song "Ridin'" was parodied instead, also became a one-hit wonder.
- A parody of T-Pain's "I'm In Love With A Stripper" (as "I'm In Love With The Skipper") was written, but never recorded. Al has performed it a few times in concert as part of a medley.
- Various other parodies inspired by Daniel Powter, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake were considered but never written or properly recorded. Nickelback gave Al permission to use Photograph in his polka medley, but the song just couldn't fit in.
- The Canadian music channel MuchMusic held a contest for ammeters to create a music video for "Canadian Idiot," but it was canceled when they couldn't get enough entrees.
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