Well, I won’t. At least I don’t think I will, or ever would. Does anyone even say that line anymore?
The first time I heard that line that I can recall was in Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It. A few years later, it made its way into Kwame & A New Beginning’s song “Ownlee Eue,” today’s morning groove.
My friends and I often play a game when we hear a rap song that we call “Hip Hop? Or Not Hip Hop”? And since we are of an age that we grew up with rap and hip hop from the beginning, I suppose we feel qualified to judge whether or not a song meets our particular criteria as to if it is or not. This particular song was pretty popular in its day; its video got major play on Yo! MTV Raps years ago. For some of us of a certain age, even today, hearing the intro and the sample of Bobby Byrd’s “I Know You Got Soul” and that Fred Wesley trombone solo is enough to bring out the nostalgia and even sing along with the chorus.
But is it hip hop? Well I asked my friends to tell me before I started writing this post. They voted no. As for me, I have to agree with them. But it doesn’t mean that I don’t like the song. Not at all. Not a knock against Kwame, either. If you remember this song, or have any thoughts as to whether or not it is or isn’t hip hop, have your say in the comments.
Enjoy the morning groove, and have a great Tuesday. Thanks again for reading and listening.