Friday Random Ten: We Used to Love H.E.R.

I remember the exact day that I met this girl and fell in love with her. She was an original, pure, untampered and down sister.

Boy, I tell ya, I miss her.

The story goes like this: we used to hang out, I would see her around the way, then she started messing around with other cats and then I got really judgmental about the choices she made. I saw niggas slamming her and taking her to the sewer but I took her back because I’m self-righteous like that.

I’m talking about hip-hop, y’all. Didn’t you know?

Enough about me. I think we all knew someone licentious like that. So I asked my blogmates to come up with a list of songs that reminded me of their long-lost, triflin-ass first love:

Allure by Jay-Z (Shani-o)

Act Too (Love of My Life) by The Roots featuring Common (R.A.B.)

Award Tour by A Tribe Called Quest (Jamelle)

It Ain’t Hard to Tell by Nas (Alisa)

Juice (Know The Ledge) by Eric B & Rakim (Blackink)

Turn My Swag On by Soulja Boy (Shani-o)

Jackin’ for Beats by Ice Cube (R.A.B.)

Me, Myself and I by De La Soul (Jamelle)

Respiration by Blackstar featuring Common (Alisa)

A Little of This by Grand Puba (Blackink)

On the real, this list has given me inspiration to spend the weekend digging through my cassettes and old CDs. Probably better to do that than give in to my curiosity about Common’s new flick.

We gave him enough run during this roundup, don’t you think?

And as always, feel free to add to the list or send some shout-outs. Make this weekend wonderful, people.


Joel Anderson —blackink —  writes about sports, politics, crime, courts, and other issues far beyond his competence at BuzzFeed. He has worked at media outlets in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Atlanta and contributed to a number of publications, including The Root and The American Prospect, among many others.

    • Beat me. 😀

    • blackink12

      I’m making Shani own that one. So own it, Shani.

      • shani-o

        I’m mad you included Soulja Boy and not Lupe.

        • blackink12

          Hey, I had to pick at random. Are you denying that it was one of your choices?

          • shani-o

            for the record, I actually really like the Hood Internet’s “Swaggin’ Out” remix of “Turn My Swag On.”

            • blackink12

              That’s all well and good. But that ain’t what you sent to me.

              Don’t run away from your pick. Embrace it.

  • Great Friday list!! There goes the rest of my afternoon!

    “My Philosophy” BDP
    “Microphone Fiend” Rakim
    “Freedom of Speak” DeLa
    “It’s My Thing” EPMD
    “The Symphony” Kool G. and Co.
    “Prophets of Rage” PE
    “Bonita remix” Tribe

    and on and on.

  • Grump

    20 years ago, “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” came out

    • R.A.B.


  • distance88

    What? No females?

    “Cha Cha Cha” MC Lyte