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

Now I think “Live In The Sky” was the next single on King, I wonder what I’ll find out about that song in a few months…

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