Friday, November 09, 2007

Friday Funk: Self Destruction



A FEW SNIPPETS ABOUT THE CLASSIC "SELF DESTRUCTION" VIDEO BY THE STOP THE VIOLENCE MOVEMENT:

-MCs in order: KRS-One, MC Delite (Stetsasonic), Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Daddy-O and Wise (Stet), D-Nice, Ms. Melodie, Doug E. Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D, Fruitkwan (Stet), Chuck D and Flavor Flav

-D-Nice was credited as a producer on the track along with KRS-One. Hank Shocklee of Bom Squad fame is credited as an "associate" producer.
-D-Nice is now a party DJ and photographer.
-Wise of Stetsasonic normally beat-boxed on tracks, however on this song he flipped a verse with Stet frontman Daddy-O.
-SG consensus on the wackest verse: Ms. Melodie. Was she breaking down defenses in a film session during her verse?
-Ms. Melodie's verse may have helped lead to her and KRS-One's divorce in 1992
-All proceeds for this song went to the National Urban League
-SG consensus on the sickest verse: MC Lyte; she freaking killed it even with the satin Champion jacket on.
-Kool Moe Dee's glasses are now used by numerous X-Game snowboarders.
-Noticeably absent: Rakim; although the cat sitting next to KRS has a Eric B & Rakim hat on.
-The song samples The J.B.'s "You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks & I'll Be Straight." Yes, that's a real song name.
-Big Daddy Kane appears in video, but rumor has it his label would not let him spit a verse or even move his lips during the chorus.
-This weekend if your team fumbles/throws an interception/turns over the basketball/does something stupid, try singing the chorus and see if anyone catches on.
-Fruitkwan of Stetsasonic later joined RZA, Prince Paul, and Too Poetic to form the Gravediggaz and release 1994's classic 6 Feet Under.
-1989 style: door knocker earrings, acid wash, full length coat, Troop coats, medallions, painted jeans... Fresh for 89, y'all.
-During Doug E Fresh's verse, he is flanked by DJ red Alert and Marley Marl.
-Noticeably absent: Run-DMC
-The track reached #1 on the Hot Rap Singles on March 11, 1989; it later peaked at #70 on the Billboard 100, and it sold over 500,000 copies
-Does anybody know why Tone Loc was there?
-A lot of the "meeting" settings were shot at the Schomberg Center for Black Studies in Harlem
-The song samples Gil Scot Heron and Brian Jackson's "The Bottle"
-Why does Heavy D look like he just got off his job as the host at a local Chili's?
-Noticeably absent: LL Cool J

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2 Comments:

Anonymous fresh said...

It is weird that Rakim wasn't featured on this song. Scott La Rock (the partial inspiration for this song) used to be good friends with Eric B. KRS used to always say that Scott and Eric B. would blow the money they got from their record deals by going shopping for gold chains together.

I'm assuming L.L. stayed off the record because Kool Moe Dee was on it.

But yo, I gotta give Doug E. Fresh the nod for best verse. Just on principle.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous sweet poon said...

I heard back in the day that KRS didnt want Ra on the track because he feared him shining over all, especially him and Kane (who was supposed to be on it and even had a verse wrote)

I say Chuck had the best verse

10:17 AM  

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