Life, They Wonder, Can They Take Me Under? Naw, Never That

“Rule” is the first single from rapper Nas’ 2001 album Stillmatic. The song is known for both sampling and interpolating “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears. The song’s lyrics are political, inspiration and reminiscent of those on Nas’ 1996 single “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).”

It references this song in the beginning when Nas says: “Life, they wonder, can they take me under? Naw, never that.”. This references the intro to “If I ruled the World (Imagine That)” which is: “Life, I wonder, will it take me under? I don’t know.”.

As a single, “Rule” was not heavily promoted, but still reached #67 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. “Got Ur Self A…” is mistakenly thought to be the first single on Stillmatic because “Rule” was not heavily promoted, did not receive music video treatment and was never released in compact disc format. It was released as a vinyl 12-inch single with “No Idea’s Original” as its b-side.

It was featured in the 2003 film, Honey, it is also featured on the Like Mike soundtrack, but includes the edited version.




Side One

Radio Edit
Clean A Capella

Side Two

No Idea’s Original
Rule (Explicit)

Kingdom of the Sun: Peru’s Inca Heritage

We picked this up to add to the international section of the record collection. It’s mostly instrumental and makes for great background music.

Peruvian music has Andean, Spanish, and African roots. In pre-Hispanic times, musical expressions varied widely in each region; the quena and the tinya were two common instruments. Spaniards introduced new instruments, such as the guitar and the harp, which led to the development of crossbred instruments like the charango. African contributions to Peruvian music include its rhythms and the cajón.


Kingdom of the Sun: Peru’s Inca Heritage

Various Artists

Side One

Adios, Pueblo de Ayacucho
Mauca Zapotoyke
Carritio Pasajerito
Panpipe Ensemble
Carnaval Ayacuchano

Side Two

Toccto Pachhape
Flute Solo from Apurimac
Suqullay Yamanyawy
Torallay Toro
Procession at Pisac

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: Oniké – Bush Woman

Oniké – Bush Woman (composed by Oniké and produced by Fred Wesley and Oniké)

This is one of the weirdest finds that I picked out for the collection. I love Jamaican music, but there are other islands in the Caribbean that also produce fabulous sub genres and ethnic versions of other more mainstream genres. When you try and find out anything about this woman, there is almost no information.

I know that she recorded this in 1984 and that she is from Trinidad. Otherwise, it is an incredibly enlightening track about the struggles of women in Trinidad just trying to survive traditionally. It talks about wanting okra and ginger in the chorus, which is sandwiched masterfully into an old-school ska reggae sound. And like many 80’s reggae maxi-singles, there is the short, long and dub versions of the one song only. When I play it, it brings me back to warmer weather and smooth listening always.

- Mr. Richard

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Don’t Walk Away From Bruce’s Affair Of The Heart

I had written a general overview of Rick Springfield’s career on a previous LP post and I have plenty of his singles so I wanted to kick it off with his acting since his TV career was pretty legendary (for those of you who watch the Soaps!).

In 1978, Rick got his start in acting in a role on Saga of a Star World, which was, with some differences, the pilot episode of the original Battlestar Galactica TV series. In 1981, Springfield became a soap opera star on General Hospital.

He had already recorded the album Working Class Dog, which wasn’t expected to do very well, which is why Springfield took the soap role. However, the song “Jessie’s Girl” went to No. 1, and Springfield ended up both playing the role of Dr. Noah Drake, while simultaneously going on tour with his band. The success of the song boosted the ratings of the show and the fame from the show likewise boosted the sale of the song.

In 1984, he made a full-length feature film titled Hard to Hold, and in 1998, he played in the film Legion. In 1992, he played the title role in the short-lived ABC series Human Target, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Along with other roles, from 1994 to 1997 he starred in the television series High Tide.

In addition to the roles on television and in film, Springfield also acted in musical theatre. In 1995, he was a member of the original Broadway cast of the Tony Award-nominated musical Smokey Joe’s Café.

Rick has also starred in a few TV shows as himself, or a version of himself. First, he appeared on several episodes of the third season of Showtime’s Californication. He plays a “twisted version of himself”; a “hedonistic Rick Springfield” from the past. Springfield also starred in “Everything Goes Better With Vampires”, an episode of Hot in Cleveland. He played the role of a toll booth worker who pretended to be the famous singer/musician Rick Springfield in an attempt to impress women.

In December 2005, Springfield was asked by the General Hospital producers to return to the show, and he returned to his role as Dr. Noah Drake after a 23-year absence. His run was subsequently extended, although as of 2007 he remains a guest star on recurring status, and not a full contract cast member. Springfield returned to General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake in April, 2013.


Side One


Side Two



Side One

Affair of the Heart

Side Two

Like Father, Like Son


Side One

Don’t Walk Away

Side Two


An Emotional Rescue Down In The Hole

“Emotional Rescue” was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and is featured on their 1980 album Emotional Rescue. It is a disco-influenced number, somewhat similar to the band’s 1978 hit “Miss You”.

The song is notable as one of the earliest songs by the group to show the growing rift between Jagger and Richards. Although Richards plays guitar and added backing vocals towards the end of this track, he is noted to not have liked the direction in which Jagger was trying to take the band with disco-like compositions, although this may have been exaggerated by the press and Richards’ hard-rock-oriented image.

Jagger said the song was about “a girl who’s in some sort of manhood problems”, not that she was going crazy but she’s “just a little bit screwed up and he wants to be the one to help her out”.

Despite touring extensively since the song’s release in 1980, the Stones had never performed the track in concert until May 3, 2013, when the Stones debuted the song in their set list with a slightly different arrangement, during the band’s first show of the 2013 leg of the 50 & Counting… tour, in Los Angeles, California.


Side One

Emotional Rescue

Side Two

Down in the Hole

Rick James’ Love Gun

I know I’ll be adding a Rick James LP to the collection eventually since I’m pretty disappointed to just have a few singles from my dad. I absolutely love Rick James. My mom once gave me a birthday card that played Super Freak and I still have it to this day because it made me so happy.

Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.; February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American musician and composer.

Influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, James started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. After entering the United States Navy to avoid getting drafted, he deserted to Toronto, where he formed the fusion band. James’ tenure with the group was interrupted after he was discovered recording with the group in Motown in 1966. Surrendering to military authorities, he served a one-year prison term. Upon release, James moved to California to resume his duties with the group though they eventually split. James began a series of rock bands in the California area and worked with Motown as a songwriter.

In 1977, he signed with the Gordy Records imprint of Motown as a recording artist, releasing his debut, Come Get It!, in April 1978. The album sold over two million copies and launched his career into the mainstream as a funk and soul artist. His most popular album, 1981’s Street Songs, launched him into superstardom thanks to the hit singles, “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak”. After being credited as writer of the song, James became the 1990 recipient of a Best R&B Song Grammy for composing the song.

In addition to his own success, James emerged as a successful songwriter and producer for other artists, such as Teena Marie, The Temptations, Eddie Murphy, Smokey Robinson and more.

An addiction to crack hampered his career by the late 1980s. In the 1990s, his legal troubles, which included assaulting two women while under the influence of crack, led him to serve a three-year sentence at California’s Folsom State Prison. James was released on parole in 1996 and resumed his musical career releasing the album in 1997. A mild stroke suffered during a concert in early 1998 interrupted his career for a brief time.

James received new notoriety in 2004 when he appeared on an episode of Dave Chappelle’s Chappelle Show in the Charlie Murphy “True Hollywood Stories” segment of the show, in which James’ past wild lifestyle was satirized. James died later that year from heart failure at the age of 56.


Side One

Love Gun

Side Two

Stormy Love

Ricky Nelson Is A Travelin’ Man

“Travelin’ Man” is a single by Ricky Nelson. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100; its b-side, “Hello Mary Lou”, reached number nine on the same chart.

The song details the loves of a traveling man. They were a “pretty señorita” in Mexico, an Eskimo in Alaska, a fräulein in Berlin, a china doll in Hong Kong, and a Polynesian in Waikiki. There were others as well, “in every port … at least one,” mentioned obliquely during the opening verse.


Side One

Travelin’ Man

Side Two

Hello Mary Lou