All these songs had you sayin daaam like the Alkoholiks when you first heard them.
Eminem’s opus to fan idolatry gave us a great story. We’re sure you know BUT for the uniformed. Em’s song is told through the eyes of Stan, Eminem’s self-described “biggest fan.” Through a serious a Stan’s letters we watch (hear?) as he starts to lose his grip on reality. This builds to a tragic and startling conclusion. By the way the sample used in “Stan” is Dido’s “I Want to Thank You.” Now she’s big in England and the song became a minor hit here. I just wanna know what music Dr. Dre has in the collection to pull this one out.
I Used to Love H.E.R.
Me and my boy E thought this was hands down the best song of ’94. On first hearing, it sounds like just another song about a good girl gone bad with a nice beat. Common tells about how she used to be down, used to be real, and now she’s sold-out and acting gangster. But on the last line when Common says, “ who I’m talking about y’all is hip hop” (producer No ID even throws a pause in here for dramatic effect), I dare anybody to say you didn’t go ohhhhhhhhh!! It made Resurrection a classic, and sorta like the movie 6th Sense, made everybody go back and listen to the song again, hearing it in a new light while looking for all the clues that tell the true meaning of the song.
Sooperman Luva 3
The Sooperman Luva series has always been a highlight of Redman’s albums, although this last one on Red Gone Wild, not so much. But this was way back on the Funk Doctor Spoc’s 3rd album, 1996’s Muddy Waters. We get our regular slice of the bizarre misadventures of Soopaman Luva climaxing (pun intended) with an interlude at a female’s apartment. Suddenly there’s a knock at the door! It’s the girl’s old boyfriend! Redman attacks and lo and behold it’s, it’s…..
125 Pennies For Your Thoughts
From Kwest the Madd Ladd’s first and only album (until very recently) appropriately titled My First Album. Kwest spins his tale of trying to get to a party across town. Realizing he’s about to miss the train, he jumps a turnstile to make it before it leaves. From there things go down hill, way down hill. Transit cops are on his tail; he even pushes an old lady out the way trying to escape. Throughout the story, little details build the humor and the pressure as the chase gets more and more intense; it’s a little reminiscent of “Children’s Story.” But things escalate to, well you know, a surprise ending, more like disastrous really, and you learn the reason for the manhunt at the same time the narrator does — when it’s too late.
Appearing on the list twice, Common might qualify as the M. Night Shyamalan of hip hop. On 2005’s BE, common had a nice ditty and video that told the story of a seemingly open and shut drug case. Common changes up his flow for this one and throughout the song he concentrates on the loving wife’s point of view as she watches her whole world fall apart. She gives a tearful, gut-wrenching testimony that does more harm than good, and “looks like she took it the hardest” when her man gets hit with everything but the kitchen sink. Ah but wait, there is still a courtroom surprise in this hip-hop legal drama. Even Comm sounds surprised when he hits you with the real deal.