Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Damn, I wish I wrote that!

Even though I still find it hard to say words like "sorry" or "I was wrong", as I get older I find it easier to admit things more freely. One area where I feel free to express myself openly and honestly is when it comers to music. If someone writes something that I feel is a true literary accomplishment I won't be jealous, I will praise it and outright wish that I had written it. Here are a few examples of songs that I really wish that I had written.

Artist: Prince Song: Darling Nikki

Even though when I first heard this song as a kid I didn't comprehend everything going on in the song, I knew at a early age that whatever he was talking about was some freaky shit. The opening just says it all: "I knew a girl named Nikki I guess you could say she was a sex friend/ I met her in a hotel lobby masturbating with a magazine" That just set the tone, letting you know that this was going to be a tale about dirty sex with a girl named Nikki. I know this song isn't the most well written song that I could have picked, but the song is so upfront that you can visualize the events on the song in your head. Darling Nikki, to me, symbolizes every piece of questionable sex that you probably shouldn't have had. Not to mention, this is the main song that I loved to "bump uglies" to as a teenager. Who am I bullshitting, I still love to play it while having sex with somebody's daughter.

Artist: O.C Song: Times Up

I love this song with a absolute passion, besides this guy is truly one of the most underrated MC's ever. This song criticizes the phony "gangsta" image, and I'd be damn if this song isn't relevant today. When he opens up with the first line with "You lack the minerals and vitamins, irons and the niacins", you know that he is on some next level shit. Even though the entire song is a scathing attack on those who try to play the role of "fake gangsta" the two lines at the end of this song pretty much sums it up: "Non-conceptual, non-exceptional/ Everybody's either crime-related or sexual" Fucking classic man..

Artist: Stevie Wonder Song: As

This song, as beautifully as it is written, gives me some hope that true love really exists. "As" is a song where Stevie expresses how deep his love for someone is, even though I think that this song could be used for getting "new" sex as well. The opening line of the song goes like this, "As around the sun the earth knows she's revolving/And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May/Just as hate knows love's the cure/You can rest your mind assure/That I'll be loving you always." Now tell me some woman's drawers aren't coming off after that? Stevie doesn't stop there, later he says that he will love you "Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky", he will love you "Until the ocean covers every mountain high". Stevie would have been an excellent pimp, just making women just do whatever he wanted. But the seasoning, ladies and gentlemen, is when Stevie said that he would love you "Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4"! When a brother has you fucking up simple arithmetic, he has surely put something on you.

Artist: Commodores Song: Brickhouse
Being that my best friend is a right-wing republican, who couldn't tell you a rap song if you held a oozy to his head, suffice it to say that I have been in many questionable bars that he has suggested. Regardless of the bar, whether it be a biker bar or some "Toby Keith, shit kicking achey breaky heart" style drinking establishment, there is one song that brings the races together. That song is "Brickhouse". I have actually seen a bar where the white people were disgusted at the Hip Hop that was being played, and some black people who were disgusted at the country music that was being played, but as soon as "Brickhouse" came on everyone gathered on the dance-floor like Martin Luther King was the DJ. I don't claim to be a big fan of the writing of this song, but the powers it possesses is something that I envy. I have also used this song to say wildly inappropriate things to random females that I don't know. This one girl had a skirt that was way too tight, and some of her butt cheeks were sticking out, so I said" Owww-she's a Brick-House/ She's mighty mighty, just lettin' it all hang out." For some reason she didn't find that amusing.

Artist: Public Enemy Song: Fight the Power

This by far isn't my favorite Public Enemy song, but it is the one that evoked the most emotion from me. I remember sitting in the theater watching Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing", and how excited I felt when you heard Chuck D belt out "Mother fuck him and John Wayne." Chuck was hip hop's true rock star, willing to give a huge middle finger to the establishment or anyone that had a problem with his band. At that time, for a 15 year old kid that was just coming into his own, this song definitely is a special one for me. But let me put the previous song lyric that I quoted in context. Elvis, famous for taking blues songs written by black blues artists and using them to become a popular recording artist, once said that black people were "only good for cleaning his house." So when Chuck D said, "Elvis was a hero to mostBut he never meant shit to me you see/Straight up racist that sucker was Simple and plain/Mother fuck him and John Wayne" it was definitely a memorable moment in Hip Hop.

Artist: Culture Club Song: Time

A commentor by the name of "Maya's Brother" quoted lyrics of this song in yesterday's comment section, and it just reminded me how much I liked this song and what it meant to me.(Thanks man) I was in a relationship for more than 5 years, and every time we would consider breaking up we decided against it because of the time that both of us had put into our "union". Looking back, we made a big mistake, because at the end we were totally different people who were making each other absolutely miserable. That is what makes Boy George's lyrics so poignant, when he says, "Because time won’t give me time/And time makes lovers feel/Like they’ve got something real" Preach, my androgynous British bother!!

Artist: Prince Song: Sign O' the Times

Yeah I know, another Prince song, what can I say I'm a fan. This is one of Prince's more political songs as he tackles subjects like Aids when he says, "In France a skinny manDied of a big disease with a little name/By chance his girlfriend came across a needle And soon she did the same". Prince always had the writing ability to say so much with so little words. For a guy like myself who can be as long winded as Ruben Studdard passing gas, this is a gift that I hopefully will one day embrace. In this song he covers social ills that plague our society, and simply says "Some say a man ain't happy, truly/Until a man truly dies" That's deep Prince, where is the part where the girl is "masturbating to a magazine"? Wrong song? My bad.. But my favorite part of the song is when Prince sings the following, "Sister killed her baby cuz she could afford 2 feed it/And we're sending people 2 the moon/In September my cousin tried reefer 4 the very first time/Now he's doing horse, it's June" You gotta love that.

43 comments:

Luke Cage said...

In every one of your posts, there's always a line that stands out to me. And this one is no exception. Being that my best friend is a right-wing republican, who couldn't tell you a rap song if you held a oozy to his head- lol; but your breakdown on Brickhouse is SO on point G, that no one, I dare no one to say any different than the way you wrote it here. From the intro of that song, I guess its safe to say that Brickhouses come in all shapes and colors dawg! Damn, I wish I wrote that! Peace.

princessdominique said...

Fabulous post. I'm waiting to get permission to use one of these please. Email me!

Luke Cage said...

Oh, by the way...Don't even get me started on Public Enemy. As for Time, well it's only THE Best Culture Club song ever written. Nuff said!

Coffey0072 said...

I like "Karma Chameleon"

GeckoGirl said...

Great post. It seems like every time I listen to a Prince, I hear some nuance or double intendre that I didn't pick up before. It's funny how when I was a kid, I didn't get half his songs then I when I got older, I was like so THAT's what he meant...

One of my faves is If I Was Your Girlfriend. In my 10 year old mind, it was proof positive that he was gay. Once I got older, I understood the lyrics...what a song.

Jdid said...

oh man i love Times's up like there's no tomorrow. I loved this line 'My album will manifest many things that I saw did or heard about, or told first hand never word a mouth' and yea agree with you on the P.E sentiment, that 'm . f him and john wayne' line was just like so blam in your face you felt like punching someone!

lindsay-lee said...

"As" is one of my favorite songs of all time. Stevie shure does know how to pull the panties off a lady with no effort at all..... Same goes for Prince too! Great post!

Nikki said...

Seeing as how Nikki is my nickname, you can imagine that I heard that song Darling Nikki sung to me so many damn times that I can't even count.

And what do you mean Stevie would have been an excellent pimp? He's been married like 6 times. He's been pimpin' for some time now, LOL.

Beana said...

I usually think to myself the exact same thought every time I read one of yur brilliant posts.

Beana

blakkwidow said...

F*** dat! I DID write those songs that I love. I sing them in the car as if I was live and direct at my own concert! hehe

and you definitely get my vote for being a Prince fan. I knew I liked you for some reason. *mwah*

I am Jack said...

Great post man. O'C definitely held it down with that song.

FantasyFootballGuru said...

Wow, it is good to see that you love Prince like i do. 1999 is one of my favorite albums.

shinjyo said...

That scene where Rosie Perz is dancing to "fight the Power" is indeed a powerful one.

Dee said...

great post.....as usual!!!

and yes...the drinks are on me!!! I'm always good for a round or two!!!

ASouthernGirl said...

"Unchained melody" is one song that makes me want to give it up right then.I have no idea why because it's kind of hokey but...

Maya's Brother said...

(Snippet from a BlackPlanet.com chatroom)

Maya's Brother: So uh, you know um I was featured in the latest Humanitycritic Blog entry, right?

Random BlackPlanet Hottie: OHMIGOD! Really? So when we gonna hook up?

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Needless to say, I smiled at the shoutout..LOL.

I just loaded my own PPP index app on my workstation.


Another lyrical classic from the 'Time's Up' era: Chill Rob G's 'Court Is Now In Session'....

As for Prince, 'Ballad of Dorothy Parker'...favorite symbol joint eva....

FIGHT THE PO.....thank God for the Left tittie, thank God for the right...Ha.

Zantiferous3 said...

I love As. I love the lyrics, the music, it's a beautiful song. And damn, I never thought of it that way... but if I would have written it, I'd be damn proud of that one. =)

muffin said...

computer blue.....

PaintingChef said...

Darling Nikki...my favorite Prince song of ALL TIME!

Coffey0072 said...

I wish were the author of the lyrics to Fiona Apple's song, "First Taste." Beautiful songwriting... makes me wish I'd written it as a poem of some sort. I love it!

Amadeo said...

Time's Up...one of my favorite all time, shoulda got more props joints.

defiant goddess said...

I really enjoy your commentary. The part about Brickhouse uniting people reminded me of another song that I believe does the same thing - Atomic Dog.

Thanks for saying hi at my blog. :)

Ikatron said...

Your blogs is great!

Thanks

Brother OMi said...

DOPE DOPE DOPE DOPE DOPE DOPE DOPE DOPE

especiall the OC Times up joint. that is so classic. i remember i used to flip the lines and drop a little freestyle in there cause his lines were so awesome...

dag

but NO ONE TALKS about SIGN O THE TIMEs...

Stevie is the man

dotcomdiva said...

You've already got 2, but can I throw in another Prince masterpiece.
"Adore".
Happens to be my favorite song of all time. "If God one day struck me blind/Your beauty I'd still see/ Love's too weak to define/ Just what you mean to me."

Now, that's love damn it!

a beer sort of girl said...

Ahh, Critic, this is why I love you! "everyone gathered on the dance-floor like Martin Luther King was the DJ."

miyna said...

Brickhouse: Who doesn't dance to that song? And Goddess is right, Atomic Dog gets 'em jumpin' too!

Fight the Power: Wow. I was a militant little thing in my youth, and I think I'm getting back to that, having been out of the blogosphere for a while, and remembered who the hell I am. This was the song, and that whole time period kept me moving, gave me a little sanity and purpose. Glad you reminded me of it.

Had to comment on Prince separately, since the man is just a musical and lyrical genius. There's nothing you or I or anyone could say that would do him justice, really - his work stands on its own, funky symbol notwithstanding (and yes, I know he dropped it).

But you know, of all the songs I've ever heard, not too many stand out in my mind like Deniece Williams' Black Butterfly. That girl said everything to me when I was a child. Now that I'm older, I still love her voice and her passion, and Silly is the jam for me right now:

You're just a lover out to score
I know that I could be looking for more
What could it be in you I see?
What could it be?
Oh Love, oh Love, stop making a fool of me...

Ms.Maybelline said...

Thanks for dropping into my spot. You come up with some phen.o.men.al posts!!!

Anonymous said...

Great blog, as usual. You are killing all other bloggers man.

kev fan said...

O.C is definitely underrated and I am glad that you gave that brother some shine. Bravo to you.

Rapfanatic said...

Fight the Power to me is one of the most important songs in hip hop.

MAISIS said...

Great post, one of the best I have read all week.

I am Jack said...

Another great Stevie Wonder song is Higher ground. Just plain excellent.

Belle said...

Glad you threw As in there as that's one of my favorites.

I'm back, ya huber!!!!!!!!

**FIRE** said...
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BLESSD1 said...

Man...you SO hit it on the head w/some of your musical choices. Who doesn't love BRICKHOUSE?

**FIRE** said...

n reference to "Time":

Although history is a tough thing to get over, it's never a reason to remain with someone. It's sad how so many people allow themselves to be miserable, because they're afraid to experience new things. Rutine is addicting, I guess.

Oh, and about my other comment . . . .
What would it take, really?

I'm trying to expand my horizons.

CaffeineDiva said...

As is by far one of my al time favorite songs. I used to fantasize about falling in love and some brother dedicating to me. That's how I would know he was the one for me. Years of dissappointment made me stop listing to Stevie. Maybe one day it'll happen. Ah youth!

Sankofa said...

Donnie Hathaway "Song to You" (I think that's the title at least) is hands down one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard and a guaranteed tear jerker/panty dropper/mouth-hug initializer...(as male bloggers rush to download...lol)

Great list Papi!

kozmic_cocoa said...

I love the lyrics to Adore by Prince. Those are good lyrics when you want to make sweet love.

If you want to just get to straight "doing the damn thang", I think Do Me Baby or International Lover gets a woman going.

Voyage to Atlantis by the Isley Brothers is one of my favorite songs because it poignantly describes those feelings for that lover who you just can't leave alone even though you try to move on and find another. Well, it's either about that or a man's love for righteous herb...either way, it's a good song...

Can I go on my way without you
Whoa...how can I know
If I go on my way without you
Whoa...where would I go

Set sail with me
Misty lady, set my spirit free
New love to find
And though I leave another behind

I'll always (Come back to you)
I'll always (Come back to you)
I'll always (Come back to you)
I'll always (Come back to you)

August said...

If you would just take your "Quotables" and drop them into a song, you too would have this kind of appeal. Luke Cage is right... you always have one line... but the one that really made me LAUGH OUT LOUD WAS: "...but as soon as 'Brickhouse' came on everyone gathered on the dance-floor like Martin Luther King was the DJ. "

You're gonna make me fall in love with your blog man...

Mahogany Elle said...

[Stevie would have been an excellent pimp, just making women just do whatever he wanted
...Stevie said that he would love you "Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4"!]

Don't sleep, Stevie is a pimp...a blind pimp. He's on his fourth or fifth wife now and she's like 26!! LOL. But I do love this song... it precedes my all-time favorite, "Another Star"

CaffeineDiva said...

There are a lot of Stevie song that can make you fall in love...
I also wish I wrote Knocks Me Off My Feet & You and I
Any man that can talk about our love conquering the world is seriously in love!