Old School Wednesday: Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks on Me

Old School Wednesday: Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks on Me

“This year Halloween fell on a weekend

Me and Geto Boys are trick-or-treatin’

Robbin’ little kids for bags

‘Til a law man got behind our ass

So we speeded up the pace

Took a look back and he was right before our face…”

 

That slowed down Isaac Hayes sample and guitar riff is instantly gratifying. Every. Time.

This is always one of our favorite Old School Wednesday traditions – “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” for Halloween!

“Mind Playing Tricks on Me” is easily one of the most defining tracks of 1990’s rap. At the time, most Gangsta Rap was about the glorification of that life, then Geto Boys are like – Hold my Gold Medal Flour – release ”Mind is Playing Tricks on Me” and the game changed. Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill are rhyming about the trauma of gangsta life in 1991 and although it has a hard edge to it, the topics they touch on are relevant to 2020 pandemic times: PTSD, paranoia, loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and suicidal ideation (The struggle is real y’all, so don’t be afraid to talk to someone).

 

I think its amazing that Scarface got the inspiration for the song’s title from his mawmaw.

 

Happy Halloween Y’all!

Samples:

Isaac Hayes ~ “Hung Up on My Baby

Such an amazing track.

Graham Central Station ~ “The Jam

The drum sample is about 5:13 into the song.

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Old School Wednesday: Beastie Boys – Sabotage

Old School Wednesday: Beastie Boys – Sabotage

“I can’t stand it, I know you planned it

I’m-a set it straight, this Watergate

But I can’t stand rockin’ when I’m in this place

Because I feel disgrace because you’re all in my face

But make no mistakes and switch up my channel

I’m Buddy Rich when I fly off the handle

What could it be — it’s a mirage

You’re scheming on a thing, that’s sabotage”

 

This song is one of the best things to come out of 1994! “Sabotage” was in heavy rotation on radio, Mtv, and on almost every mixtape (yes they actually existed) I had at the time. So much to love starting with MCA’s distorted bass riff intro, to Ad-Rock’s lyrics and delivery, to the badass 70’s crime drama inspired video directed by Spike Jonze that was robbed of an MTV VMA

I always speculated what the song was about, but it wasn’t until the Beastie Boys Autobiography (great read) was released in 2018 that they actually explained what the lyrics to “Sabotage” are about. The track was going to be an instrumental because they couldn’t come up with the right lyrics. Then Ad-Rock basically wrote the lyrics as a diss track aimed at Mario Caldatto Jr., their long time audio engineer, because he kept pushing them to finish a track. Thank you Mario C. 

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Old School Wednesday: SWV ~ Right Here

Old School Wednesday: SWV ~ Right Here

It was a tough decision which version of “Right Here” to go with, but ended up with the Remix.

SWV’s original version from 1992 has a little more bounce, and Taj rapping the bridge is textbook early 1990’s hip-hop, but the Michael Jackson “Human Nature” sample in the remix is sooo good. Plus, the remix was also a bigger hit, and it has Pharrell rapping “S the double the U the V”. Also, how often is a song soundtracked in a kids movie (Free Willy) and sampled in a Chris Brown Track?

Michael Jackson track produced by Quincy Jones, and performed by Toto. So random and amazing.

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Old School Wednesday: Jay Z – Dirt of Your Shoulder

Old School Wednesday: Jay Z – Dirt of Your Shoulder

“Said the ladies, they love me, from the bleachers they screamin’
All the ballers is bouncin’, they like the way I be leanin’
All the rappers be hatin’ off the track that I’m makin’
But all the hustlers, they love it, just to see one of us make it
Came from the bottom of the bottom, to the top of the pops
N____, London, Japan and I’m straight off the block
Like a running back, get it? Man, I’m straight off the block
I can run it back, n____, ‘cause I’m straight with the Roc”

Jay-Z at the top of his game. Sometimes you just have to bump some bass and beats, and back in the ’00s Timbaland was unstoppable. 16 years later and this track is still ridiculous. I love watching the video of Jay-Z’s expression the first time Timbaland played him this beat.

(Explicit Version)

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Old School Wednesday: Tony! Toni! Toné! – Feels Good

Old School Wednesday: Tony! Toni! Toné! – Feels Good

“Mocedes the Mellow, quite a nice fellow

Met 3T, hit a rhyme, acapello

They had the rhythm and I had the rhyme

So then a hit of that one more time

It worked out and then they worked it in

Tony! Toni! Toné! has done it again”

Mocedes’ TTT rhyme has been in my head lately. I always just thought of 3T as the group that made some great songs and launched tghe career of Raphael Saadiq, but I didn’t realize that 3T was a family band (2 brothers and a cousin).

James Brown ~ “Funky President” (L)

Another classic Drum break from a 1974 James Brown track.

Lyn Collins ~ “Think (About It)

1972 Classic with Lyn Collins backed by the JBs on a James Brown produced track. The Woo!Yeah! Break is probably most remembered being sampled here.

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