Music & Lyrics by Scott Cooley.
Copyright © ℗ 2008 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved.
writing and inspiration:
What can I say about this one? Hmmm....let's see. Well, somehow I thought it would be interesting to try to write and record a rap song. This is the only song where I used a fake drum loop and fake bass riff. Then I used the technique of scratching a bronze-wound acoustic guitar low E string with a heavy guitar pick to simulate record scratching with a turntable needle, which I thought sounded pretty cool. Then I wrote rhyming lyrics that included a lot of phrases I've heard rap fans using in their everyday language. I put just about everything I could think of to put in a rap song all in one song, so I'm not sure I'll take on trying another one anytime soon. Then I threw in the background vocals that accentuated certain lyrics, and some that added aside commentary. The song is absolute nonsense. I worried about it having a swear word or two, a drug reference or two, and was overall worried that it was less than authentic since I'm a white person with an upbringing that you might characterize as being far from that of a typical rapper. This is one of my songs I'm somewhat embarassed about, but I can't quite put my finger on why exactly. I also worried people might construe some of the lyrics as arguably containing stereotypes or being blaxploitational or something, but I could never quite decide why exactly anyone would think it was cultural appropriation, so I released it anyway. I thought the Beastie Boys were pretty cool back in the day. It's almost a parody of a rap song that ended up being a good rap song anyway, as if a caricature of itself or something along those lines. The words plantation, slaves, and jive I wish I'd left out. When I was a kid my family lived on a street called Plantation Drive, which I learned from movies like Roots that plantations were associated with slavery, and we had neighbors who had little "lawn jockey" statues of black people holding lanterns along their driveways but I instinctively thought something was wrong about that and was proud my family didn't have them, but also my parents stressed the importance of not speaking like black people do, calling it "jive," so despite thinking it was cool to use some of their colloquialisms I picked up from TV and music, I was also proud to speak proper English, which has served me well in writing. That's what I was thinking at the time I guess, and I might've been a little high when I created this one, which may have clouded my judgement, but that's acceptable in the rap game, right? Oh well, probably all artists have a few songs in their catalog they're not sure if they should've released or not, but it's out there now, and not much I can do about it except explain myself here. It was an interesting and fun pursuit, and I'm glad I did it. The end result is fun to listen to. My friends' children and my niece and nephews seemed to like this one. It has a nursery rhyme quality to it I suppose, which might account for that attraction.
recording, mixing and mastering:
all by Scott Cooley, actually done at Scott Cooley Music Productions in downtown Flint, Michigan, home of many a great rapper.
personnel and instrumentation:
Lenore Louise Cooley - background vocals
Scott Richard Cooley - lead rapper, background rapping, acoustic guitar played through amp, acoustic guitar string pick scratching as turntablism effect, programmer of fake drums and fake bass using Loopology software
critical reception and cultural impact:
check out what they have to say about this one at: http://www.audiomack.com/artist/scottcooley
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further description and complete lyrics:
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