This week’s #TBT takes us back to 2004 with “Ghetto Musick”, an infectious dance floor stunner from a man who owns the rights to the electro crown!
There are some tunes that we will forever gravitate to, that never grow old and never cease to provoke a smile every time we hear the beat. They are the tracks that linger in our minds as faithful reminders of dance music’s broad range and eclectic character. For this week’s #TBT, I have chosen “Ghetto Musick”, a track that helped to inspire my love for electro from an artist that helped pave the way for the genre.
Benny Benassi was one of the first dance music artists that I grew attached to. His outrageously unique electro vibes found their way into my life as I was just coming up in the scene. Alongside “Satisfaction”, it was his twist on the famous “Ghetto Musick” by the game changing hip hop duo Outkast that would open my eyes to a new realm of musical inspiration. I remember playing the track on repeat, letting the fierce energy and high pitched electro synths pierce through my brain waves sending me into euphoric bliss as the breakdown combined fresh hip hop swag with a new age twist.
The original version of “Ghetto Musick” can be found on Big Boi’s disc called Speakerboxxx and when the song was released in the UK in 2003 as the first single from the album, it peaked at number 55 on the UK Singles Chart. It was only a matter of time before the track would be scooped up by the likes of a the electroman, as the infectious lyrics and urban rhythm were just too good to ignore.
With Patti LaBelle providing the details at the bridge with a sample taken from “Love, Need, And Want You”, and Benny Benassi choosing to highlight the original with even sharper, grittier “Benassified” synths, “Ghetto Musick” was morphed into a piece perfect for the late night rave. It will forever be a divine example of the raw power that can be unleashed when hip hop meets dance music!
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