I liked it. Back in 1991, who didn’t?
Well, KRS-One from Boogie Down Productions didn’t like it all that much. The legend reportedly ran the group PM Dawn off of a stage, claiming that they were not “real hip-hop.” What say you? I suppose if I asked my hip-hop or not panel, they’d probably tell me no. All I remember is that this song was all over MTV—and Yo! MTV Raps at that.
So, here’s the recipe for a pop-rap hit: sprinkle a couple tablespoons of the Soul Searchers’ “Ashley’s Roachclip” breakbeat by way of Eric B. & Rakim’s “Paid In Full,” add a heaping helping of a key sample of Spandau Ballet’s “True,” a dash of mystical gobbledygook lyrics, and a bit of singing and you have a smash hit. Even if KRS-One and anyone else from the boom-bap era decided it wasn’t hip hop.
PM Dawn’s members, Attrell (Prince Be) and Jarrett (DJ Minutemix) Cordes rode this and their debut album (Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience) to the top of the charts. The follow up album, The Bliss Album…? also fared well and included the single “I’d Die Without You” (yeah I liked that song too, but it really wasn’t hip hop). After that they released two more albums, but neither sold as well as the first two.
But it’s this brew of 80s pop with a beat that originated in the 70s, but got traction in the 80s that made their claim to fame. And it just so happens to be today’s Morning Groove. Enjoy and reminisce. And as always, thanks for reading and listening.