"The relevance of that song is just as Philadelphians, Schoolly D was a hip-hop pioneer. Probably the first gangsta rapper. Around the time when Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were just starting to do their thing, and the whole Hilltop 3XDope and Steady B and Cool C were just starting to bubble, Schoolly D was already out there rocking. He'd already put out 'P.S.K.,' and 'Gucci Time,' and that 'Saturday Night' song that we sampled. Those were Philly classics that went on to become the blueprint for what is West Coast gangsta rap, like with Ice T, the Geto Boys, and N.W.A., eventually. The pattern that they would emulate was a Schoolly D invention. So it was like paying tribute to that record and that style. While at the same time paying tribute to Lady B, who's one of the premiere disc jockeys who brought us that music.
We'd listen to Lady B's show every weekend, it was called 'Street Beat.' It was originally on Sundays but they moved it to Fridays. It was the kind of thing you'd have to sneak and listen to if you lived with your parents.
"We'd listen to Lady B's show every weekend, it was called 'Street Beat.' It was originally on Sundays but they moved it to Fridays. It was the kind of thing you'd have to sneak and listen to if you lived with your parents. The music was weird. Hip hop wasn't as universally accepted then as it is now, so it was something that had a lot of mystique involved. It was one of the first sources providing Philadelphia with that music, whereas New Yorkers had Mr. Magic and Kool DJ Red Alert. We had that too, on days that the radio signal was strong enough.
"But more than that, just locally, we had two women: we had Mimi Brown, and we had Lady B. Lady B was an MC too, in her own right, so it was dope to get her on the chorus for the Schoolly D track. And the chorus was an excerpt of a verse of hers that was old then. This shit was probably 13 years old. But we gave her a phone call, she came right down and did it, and that song wound up becoming something very distinctly Philadelphian."