Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

What a Shame

April 14th, 2009 · 3 Comments

The Jones Girls were by no means a great group. They too often veered into easy-listening terrain, and committed a cardinal music-biz sin by partnering with Lou Rawls (so famously slammed by The Pharcyde many moons ago). But the Girls also produced a song responsible for one of the greatest hip-hop samples of all time: “When I’m Gone” (via YouTube above) was copped by Royal Flush, who made it the backbone of his classic “What a Shame”. And so the lite-soul pride of Detroit earns its place in music history.

Now if I could just figure out the sample used at the end of Smif-n-Wessun’s “We Came Up (Crystal Stair)”. That one’s been hooked into my brain for ages.


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  • Stan

    The Pharcyde couldn’t carry Lou Rawls’ jockstrap in a suitcase.

  • Gramsci

    I never knew where they got that image. The funniest (though not the cleverest) line on that album is the interlude where 90210 is playing in the background: “Yay, bitch.”

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    That whole album is a classic, and one they never came even close to matching. Sort of sad to think about, actually–lots of wasted talent. And I heard SlimKid3 became a $cientologist, too.