Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My 99 cents no. 2

Hello, friends. Thanks to all my readers, especially the commenters. Google Analytics is showing a promising outlook in terms of traffic. That being said, tell a friend to tell a friend about Now and Later! It looks good but not that good.

For what it's worth, here's my 99 cents for the week: I Got a Man by Positive K. Unfortunately, Mixwit isn't working for me this week and I can't find a single good quality video on YouTube that I'm allowed to embed, so here's the link to the video instead. Do you see what I mean? YouTube should never become a "real" company.

Anywho, I Got a Man is a 1992 hip-hop classic by Bronx rapper Positive K featuring...Positive K! That's the really cool thing about this track...not only does it capture to comic perfection boy meets girl, it's all K, all the time. It was genius of him to pitch up his voice to act as his own rude chick who goes toe to toe with him. Granted, Prince did this before Pos in songs like If I Was Your Girlfriend, which TLC covered and Beyonce borrowed for a few lines in '03 Bonnie & Clyde, and named his female alter ego Camille, but Positive K was smart to copy a good idea when he heard it. Actually, he copies two good ideas: he used part of the beats from Rescue Me by A Taste of Honey. Raising the pitch of his own voice saved him the hassle and the cost of trying to work with another artist. Plus, what female emcee at that time [think MC Lyte and Queen Latifah] wouldn't have sounded rough and manly doing it? He knew MC Lyte was no joke and teamed up with her later on I'm Not Havin It. Necessity really is the mother of invention, huh?

Go forth and download, but legally, please. Hidden gems like Positive K need the checks from iTunes downloads more than anyone. And when I get more information about her [him], I'll write a little something about Camille/Prince.
Also: feel free to suggest songs or even just tell me what you think about my 99 cents. Please and thank you.

1 comment:

  1. another 90's joint to blog about...skee lo - i wish

    thats my anthem


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