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SOMETIMES THE TRUTH DON’T RHYME (PART 4)

This is a real interesting one in that it slices right between the seriousness of parts 1 / 2 and the comedy of part 3 in a way that’s pretty hard not to grin and nod to.

The Pharcyde – She Said

This isn’t the only Labcabincalifornia track to feature a clear departure from rhyme in the chorus.  In fact, I think most of the choruses on Labcabincalifornia don’t rhyme.  Let’s get to the bottom of this:

1.  “Bullshit“:  “You gotta get on up off of that bullshit, stop fightin’ that feelin’.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

2.  “Pharcyde“:  “Imani, Booty Brown, Fatlip, & Slimkid Tre (x3), We do it this way (x2)” – Rhymes

3.  “Groupie Therapy“:  [no chorus, just Queen Latifah samples] – Doesn’t Rhyme

4.  “Runnin“:  “Can’t keep runnin’ away.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

5.  “She Said“: “And she said it’d be good if you’d stay with me tonight, so I granted her wish.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

6.  “Splattitorium“:  [no chorus, just chatter] – Doesn’t Rhyme

7.  “Somethin’ That Means Somethin“:  “Gotta spit somethin’ that means somethin.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

8.  “All Live“: “All the way live!  (baby baby baby baby baby baby)” – Doesn’t Rhyme

9.  “Drop“:  “Drop.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

10.  “Hey You“: “Hey You!  Can I take up a moment of your precious time to realize and define the whole truth?  Hey you!  Yeah take up a moment and clarify this for you.” – Rhymes

11.  “Y?“:  “Tell me why… Be like that, it just be like that.  Baby tell me why it’s gotta be like that.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

12.  “It’s All Good!“: “It’s all good baby baby.” – Doesn’t Rhyme

13.  “Moment in Time“:  “And we go round and round.  Life is just a moment in time…” – Doesn’t Rhyme

14.  “The Hustle“:  “Some do it illegal, brothas just want more than their equal, tryin not to get caught up in the evil, this goes out to all my hustling people… just do it do it do it… do it do it do it…” – Rhymes

15.  “Little D“: [no chorus, just an interlude]

16.  “Devil Music“:  “Every time I step to the microphone I put my soul on 2 inch reels that I don’t even own.”  – Rhymes

17.  “The E.N.D.“:  “This ain’t nothin’ but the E-N-D, follow me into the sun and let your soul be free.  The E-N-D, The E-N-D, The E-N, The E-N, The E-N-D.”  – Rhymes

18.  “The Emerald Butterfly” [bonus track]: “Feelin’ high…  I’m the emerald butterfly.”  – Rhymes

19.  “Just Don’t Matter” [bonus track]:  “Don’tcha ever try to get with this, it just don’t matter you’ll still get dissed.”  – Rhymes

20.  “Heart & Soul” [bonus track]:  “Heart and soul, that’s what it’s all about.  Heart and soul, let your spirit out.  Take control, of everything about you.  [something I can’t understand], that’s without a doubt.”  – Rhymes

So towards the end we get a little string of rhyming choruses, but I still count 11 out of 17 tracks (20 including bonus tracks) with non-rhyming choruses just on this one album.  Incredible!  I’m gonna go find Guiness’s phone number.

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THEY HEART AND SOUL IS DIVIDED

I didn’t come back to California with many souvenirs, but I can never resist picking up a few bargain bin records when I come across them.  I snagged up a copy of Peter Tosh‘s Legalize It that turned out to be too warped to play except for the inner bands of each side (that one was free), and the other one was this, which I would have bought based on the cover alone, even if I had no idea who Minnie Ripperton was.

Minnie Ripperton – Inside My Love

I had some time to just sit back and listen to this record the other day and I was really feelin’ it, and then that break a little after the 3:00 mark came in and I got that aural double-take brain zap that I’m all too familiar with at this point.  This one was especially interesting because I could immediately think of two places where that almost identical sample were used, but I never put together that both of those songs came from the same place until I heard the original.

Busta Rhymes – You Can’t Hold the Torch (feat. Q-Tip)

Electric Wire Hustle – Perception

God I just want to be that bassline in “Perception”, I could just listen to that forever.  I’ve listened to both of these songs so many times, and yes, that Electric Wire Hustle track has the sample playing backwards, but it still seems super obvious now that I’ve heard where they came from.  I also never guessed that the super high-pitched sound that sustains almost all the way through both of these songs is actually Minnie Ripperton’s vocal, she can definitely hit them high notes.

A little deeper digging uncovered a wealth of songs that share this same inspiration as well.  Everybody from Freddie Gibbs to Aaliyah to A Tribe Called Quest to Pharcyde to Killah Priest to 2Pac to Slum Village has used this same little snippet.  Kind of amazing.  I had no idea I was picking up such a significant piece of rap history when I dropped that $0.99 at the Goodwill in Sausalito.  Crazy.

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