So after I saw the video for that “Strugglin” song by Rich Boy (in case you missed that one, just check out this post, it was one of the first posts I put up) I decided to look a little deeper into his work. It seemed to me like he didn’t just get lucky on that one, I had a good feeling he had more shit I was gonna want to hear. Turns out he does. I was vibin’ to this track on my way to pick up Matt to get some tacos and recognized the sample in the background from something I’d heard before… maybe a Ghostface song or something?
Rich Boy – Ghetto Boy
I ended up being pretty much right, it was a song from Wu-Tang Forever with almost the exact same title, but a very different feel, in my opinion.
Wu-Tang Clan – Little Ghetto Boys
I still felt like there was more to be uncovered on this journey though, it seemed like I’d heard that sample someplace else too, in a third (totally separate) context… y’all are probably way ahead of me already.
Dr. Dre – Lil’ Ghetto Boy
Yeahh, can’t forget that one. Here’s where I start getting sidetracked though. I was re-listening to this track after I figured out its significance in this journey, and a line from the Dre verse stuck out to me, it comes just a little before the 2:00 mark. I DEFINITELY know where that gets used.
The Notorious B.I.G. – Things Done Changed
OK now hold up hold up a second, I kinda left you all hangin on that Ghetto Boy stuff though. We chased that sample through east coast, west coast, AND southern rap spanning a couple decades almost; but where’s the SOURCE?? Behold.
Donny Hathaway – Little Ghetto Boy
Yes. Mission complete. Yeah, I know a lot of this stuff isn’t crazy underground or obscure or anything, but hopefully even seasoned rap fans were unaware of at least one of these steps. Or at least enjoyed being reminded of them. I know I had fun.
That’s a rap journey, y’all. Dig