RATATAT′s “Seventeen Years” is an instrumental jam piece that never fails to bring me back!
Brooklyn-based duo RATATAT, comprised of Evan Mast and Mike Stroud, met as students at Skidmore College and began producing music together under the name Cherry in 2001. It wasn’t until 2003 that the two debuted RATATAT with the release of their first single, “Seventeen Years”.
The single was released via US record label Audio Dreg as well as UK label Rex Records and marked the beginning of their defining instrumental sound. “Seventeen Years” is the first track from their self-titled debut album RATATAT, released in 2004, and is one of the few tracks they have produced that contains vocals.
“Seventeen Years” begins with the staple sampled lyrics that have been etched into my mind from the first time I heard the track:
“I’ve been rapping for about seventeen years okay?
I don’t write my stuff anymore I just kick it from my head you know what I’m sayin?
I can do that.
No disrespect but that’s how I am.”
Listen to RATATAT – Seventeen Years on YouTube: