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#CottonRemembers: DRS (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) – “Gangsta Lean” (1993)


“I tip my fouuuuuuuuuurty to your memoryyyyyyyyyyyyyy”

It is impossible to listen to this song and not sing along with watered eyes.  We used to sing this on the playground in grammar school.  Hard to believe that this song is now 20 years old.  DRS (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) was a gangsta R&B group signed to Capitol Records through MC Hammer’s talent company, Roll Wit It.  The group’s members were from Sacramento & Compton. In fact, they were signed to Eazy E’s Ruthless Records in 1990, but never released anything while there.  This song has sold over 2.5 million copies and reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.  They played this on The Box religiously and it dropped when gang violence was at a high and movies like Menace II Society & Boyz N Da Hood brought the images to movie screens around the world.
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CLASSIC VIDEO: Black Men United (BMU) – “You Will Know” (Live @ 1995 AMAs)

This was featured on the Jason’s Lyric soundtrack and is one of my favorite songs of all-time.  How dope would it be if we could get current R&B artists to unite for another song like this? On second thought, there really aren’t many current R&B artists that can actually sing.  

This featured a Who’s Who of 1990s R&B:  Tevin Campbell, El DeBarge, Gerald Levert, Tony Toni Toné, Boyz II Men, Al B. Sure!, Lenny Kravitz, R. Kelly, Aaron Hall, Brian McKnight, Silk, Ke Tevin Campbell, El DeBarge, Gerald Levert, Tony Toni Toné, Boyz II Men, Al B. Sure!, Lenny Kravitz, R. Kelly, Aaron Hall, Brian McKnight, Silk, Keith Sweat, Stokley, H-Town, Christopher Williams, Portrait, Damion Hall, Lil’ Joe, Intro, DRS, After 7, Usher, Sovory, Joe, D’Angelo Sweat, Stokley, H-Town, Christopher Williams, Portrait, Damion Hall, Lil’ Joe, Intro, DRS, After 7, Usher, Sovory, Joe, D’Angelo.  

FYI: That’s D’Angelo on the piano (he wrote the song).

CLASSIC VIDEO: Goodie Mob Interview On BET Teen Summit In ATL (1996)

“To know who you are is to know who you are not.” – Cee-lo Goodie

I came across this on Youtube last night and man, how much has hip-hop changed.  Here we have an episode of BET’s “Teen Summit: Off The Hook,” which was when one of the show’s hosts, Prince DaJour or Ananda Lewis, would be on location for an interview.  I always loved when they did these because everyone was more relaxed and honest.  This one was filmed in Atlanta at a carwash, outside the state capitol building and at a soul food resturant.  

The answers that the Goodie Mo gives to each question are just filled with that kind of Southern wisdom that one might receive from their grandparents.  Just like their music, they came across as street but extremely knowledgable and intelligent.  Gipp really spit some real stuff on making sure you have legal stuff that the government or police isn’t able to take away.  I love how they always brought each question back to spirituality.

 The star of this interview was Cee-lo.  Never in a million years did I think then that he would be America’s sweetheart now.  It makes his statement “there will be a time we will not be able to talk so we talk now” even more astounding.  Because he’s so popular, he really isn’t able to be as outspoken as he once was without reprecussions.

FYI: The Confederate flag was finally removed from the Georgia State Flag in 2001.

 

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CLASSIC VIDEO: Lost Boyz feat Tha Dogg Pound & Canibus – “Music Makes Me High (L.T. Hutton Remix) (1996)

“Who wants to be the one to get struck first/
I bury they body on any planet except the earth/
I rip up, swell your lip up, it’s a stick up/
Make put your hands up on your head like you was doin sit-ups”

Man this was a dream come true. Lost Boyz and Tha Dogg Pound were my favorite groups then. Then you had this young, unknown rapper named Canibus to absolutely blaze his verse (which he made a habit of everytime he did a guest spot). I was already a huge fan of the original version and then came. I don’t drink or smoke so I really identified with the song’s title. The fact this dropped during the so-called East/West beef while Pac was alive made it even more special because it showed unity. Everyone was in their prime and ripped it. One of the best collabos ever. RIP Freaky Tah.

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