“It’s a shame, the way you mess around with your maaan!” Oh baby! Yeah! It’s a shame! Winter, why do you mess with my feelings so? The chill is under my skin, picking at my bones. Now, I don’t mean to complain–because man, I went to school in Minnesota–so I KNOW cold–but it’s a shame cold winter you treat me so. So as SFCritic moves to more regular, formatted pieces, Saturday we’ve got two “seasonal” throwbacks:
The Spinner’s “It’s A Shame” DL
Here’s some wiki info:
In 1954, a group of friends who grew up together in Royal Oak Township, Michigan, just outside Detroit, came together to make music. For a time, several of the band members resided in Detroit’s Herman Gardens public housing projects. Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson, C. P. Spencer, and James Edwards called themselves The Domingoes. James Edwards lasted only a few weeks. He was replaced by Bobbie Smith, who sang lead on most of the Spinners’ early records (and many of their biggest Atlantic hits). C. P. Spencer left the group shortly afterwards, and would later go on to be a member of the Voice Masters and The Originals. He was replaced by George Dixon. The group renamed themselves The Spinners in 1961. This name was chosen after looking at popular car hubcaps and noting how they spun around on a car’s wheel.
Then in light of “It’s A Shame,” the weather (cause I always think of this beat when it rains–I’ll even put the video below so you can see what I’m saying), I thought I dig up one of 50 Cent’s original mixtape tracks, “E.M.S.” The track is off No Mercy, No Fear mixtape which was the first mixtape 50 released after being signed by Eminem and Dre. It’s most noted for the track “Wanksta.” The beat, if you don’t recognize it, is “The Blast” from Reflection Eternal by Hi-Tek. Where’s 50 these days? The richest man in hip hop next to Jay, quit hip hop to sell one of his other twenty-five different company products (see Forbes). Oh “A bitch’s worst nightmare is a paternity, I’m too you to be stressed,” snaps–what a shame.
50 Cent (Ft. Loyld Banks & Tony Yayo): “E.M.S.” DL
Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek“The Blast”