Monday, May 12, 2008

Old School Mondays:: 3rd Bass & Positive K (Suave Bola Edition)

Somehow during a coversation with Ack this week I used the phrase "suave bola", which I've always loved even though I have no idea what it actually means. Awesome translation do-hickey Babel Fish tells me the direct translation to english is "smooth ball", which seems a little less cooler than I would've imagined. Although I guess if it means someone is a "smooth baller", then I guess that's cool. If the kids still say "baller", I have no idea. That's a lot of quotes right there, Eddy Rodgers would approve.

Anyway, I knew that Greg Nice said suave bola in a verse, but I was having a hard time placing it. Of course MC Google told me within seconds that it was used by Greg on 3rd Bass' Microphone Techniques. I then kicked myself as I love that song, long, long time, but the line in which he uses it is one of my all time favorites. I then decided to find some other old school jams that use the phrase, but the only one that worked (I generally post nothing post '95 on OSM) was Positive K's Nightshift. I already did an OSM post featuring Pos K last year, but I'll take any oppertunity to post Positive K songs, hopefully you agree.

MP3:: 3rd Bass - Microphone Techniques
This a jam I would've certainly featured on Posse Cuts if I did that more than once a year, so I might as well feature it here as it deserves some coverage. It's from 3rd Bass' 2nd and final album, Derelicts of Dialect, and of course features the legendary Nice & Smooth who had just become Def Jam labelmates with Pete and Serch around this time. The track itself is solid, with some nice horns and a keyboard sample I recognize but can't quite place, but the enthusiastic performances by the MC's carry this song. Greg Nice leads off with this immortal piece of wordsmithery:

She, said, her name was Lola
I, said, yo Lola, swolla
Suave bola, Ayatollah
Saudi Arabia, Coca-Cola
My Rolex watch is ran by solar

Yeah, I know what you're thinking, it's tremendous. So many questions, who is Lola, what on her person is swolla? Does Saudi Arabia even have an Ayatollah? If they do, what does that have to do with Coca-Cola? It's all so confusing and mesmerizing in its simplicity. Really, it's pointless in even trying to figure it out. In fact, even though the other MC's do fine work, there isn't much point going further as that's one opener that's tough to top.

MP3:: Positive K - Nightshift
Not sure how I passed up posting this song when I did the Pos K OSM. I know it's kind of borderline mis-to-the-ogynist with the greezy pimpin' is all too easy lyrics, but it's also really awesome. The video also features Big Daddy Kane doing pimp-based seques in-between verses while he combs his beard. That is easily the best thing I've typed in weeks. But the song itself is just funky as hell, with the crazy guitar licks, classic drums and the solid soul vocal sample, it's almost perfect. And Pos rides it perfectly, he's so comfortable and engaging, everything he says sounds like an great line. Although it helps that he does have a number of great lines:

I say, "Cupid, draw back your bow, let your arrow flow
and yo.. hit the hoe!"

I'm what you'd call a smooth microphone controller
My lifestyle's like suave bola
Keep my hair in a cameo, gettin gas from Amoco
The only thing I'm sniffin' is your girlfriend's pantyhose

I'ma quote an old song, that's if I might
What they used to say? "The Freaks Come Out at Night"

Positive never disappoints, and this song is no exception. Check it out if you've never heard it, or Pos, before.

Posted at 9:06 AM by naedoo :: 3 comments

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At 6:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

Suave Bola was a brand of cheap wine popular in the 70s.


At 10:57 AM, Blogger kevin did sayeth:

Could you re-up the night shift song. I have been searching for it everywhere, even on the site that I pay for my music and can't get it.


At 7:42 PM, Blogger naedoo did sayeth:



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