Those who have been with me from the beginning will remember the very first post I did on this blog where I stumbled across the inspiration for one of my favorite T.I. songs ever: “What You Know“. Well, I just found out today that the very next rhetorical question-titled single T.I. put out from that same album also has some surprising beginnings.
T.I. – Why You Wanna
I always knew that the chorus was a reference to the beginning of Q-Tip’s second verse in A Tribe Called Quest’s “Find A Way” (there’s actually a remix of “Why You Wanna” that has a Q-Tip verse on it, too), but I didn’t know that the beat also has a notable predecessor.
Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)
Not only that, but during this research I also discovered that that the Roberta Flack song that served as inspiration to “What You Know” that I talked about in that first post ever is actually a reinterpretation of this song.
The Impressions – Gone Away