25. King Tee "Bass" (1988)
Album: Act A Fool
Producer: DJ Pooh
“Verse four, the part where I get it off / Then, try to rush it cause the studio costs / I mean the main idea is BASS / And you probably get a bruise when it's at your face.” In this, the song that inaugurated King Tee's career in 1987, is the artist's search for the perfect metaphor to describe the life-giving quality of bass.
It's like an earthquake, he says. It's toxic. It makes your heart shiver. It kicks like a ninja. It's more addictive than crack. It is The Main Idea. This is the song that bridges the party-rocking roller-rink raps of the early '80s to the brass-knuckle attack of the Ruthless era-and the brickwork is BASS.