September 05, 2008
A Tribe Called Quest "Georgie Porgie"
"Georgie Porgie" by A Tribe Called Quest is kinda like their song "Show Business," from The Low End Theory... except that, instead of being about how record company people are shady, all of the lyrics are going off on teh ghey guys.
It flips the same sample, and it also features guest raps from Brand Nubian. Sadly, it doesn't appear to have anything to do with the song of a similar title by Toto, which I remember was once sampled for an MC Lyte record. That had to be the inspiration for the title, though, right?
As the story goes, "Georgie Porgie" was gonna be on Low End Theory, but the label made them scrap it, because it was too homophobic. (Wait until you hear this shit. It could very well be the most homophobic rap song evar. And it's by motherfucking Tribe!) So then they went and rerecorded it as "Show Business."
Which of course begs the question: Did Tribe do "Show Business" because they were pissed off at their record label, because they wouldn't let them release "Georgie Porgie?" Probably, right? Even though they don't really mention anything in that song about the libel stifling their free speech.
And after the jump is the video for Brand Nubian's "Punks Jump up to Get Beat Down," which I remember used to be regarded as incredibly homophobic, though it pales in comparison to "Georgie Porgie."
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