Marcus J: I think this was Chuck’s idea. It was supposed to be a song about the moment we realized we needed to rhyme. The moment we went from listener and fan to EmCee and participant. So I had a direction in my mind that I wanted to go in but I hadn’t actually put anything on paper yet. And then… Doc sends me his verse… and it was exactly the approach I had thought about taking. So I had to come up with a new idea. As I thought about it, I realized I didn’t really have that “Eureka! I’m going to be an EmCee”, moment. It was all very gradual and has occurred over my entire life. To this day I’m still finding new ways and reasons to love hip-hop and express myself through rap music.
C-Doc: It was years ago that I had made the original beat for this song. This third album had gone through so many different ideas and phases that it's hard to keep track. But at one point is was going to have twelve tracks and each track was going to be titled after a month in the year. Clever? Eh...
Anyway, I believe this track was July. But then I was working with Chuck in Atlanta on a video job and he said he had a great song idea but he couldn't remember the title he came up with. So the title was mine, but the idea was Chuck's. And it only took us around 7 years to finally get it recorded.
A final note: I didn't mean to steal Marcus' idea before he even got it out but great minds unknowingly see the future or something like that...
C-Doc: It was 1986 when my Life was changed... When these
Three brothers showed me how to Walk This Way
And every day seemed like it Couldn't get better... But in
1987 it was Bigger and Deffer and
Fresh! For 1988 You suckers!
My philosophy began to Change to another... It was
All about the music and Everything they wrote... Eric
B is President and he Had my vote... Every
Word they spoke every Line every stanza
You gots to chill was just Fucking bananas... Yo!
MTV raps would keep My brain fed every
Saturday... night of the Living Baseheads was a
3 minute 14 second Timebomb... Now I'm
Lookin for my own instrumentals To rhyme on...
Ain't no half steppin so I Gotta commit
Said to myself Yo Doc you gotta Do this shit... And Get back...
Chorus (Brother Mike Williams): I'm goin back now- to a time when
Real emcees did the rhymin
And music had that excitement
Remember those days...
Let's get it back now- what's behind me
The soul that came to define me
And Hiphop could just remind me
Remind me of those days...
Chuck D: Now I go back ten years before that
1976 and I heard a mix
DJ's and Emcees on a cassette
There was no such thing as rap records yet
DJ Hollywood and DJ Smalls said
Something like "Yes Yes Y'all"
I was hooked- I said what the hell was this?
Eric said Emcee, Lisa said a mix
Hip hop, so I never did ever stop
The party spot, the body rock
Starski, Flash, Spectrum City, Hank Shock
Lead me to hear and see a
DJ Eddie Cheeba
Record unbelievable, inconceivable
Cause the record was a tape off Jamaica Avenue
When in July of 1979 and I heard
The Fatback Band and King Tim the Third
My brother, sister introduced me to it
I said Chuck, you gotta just do this shit!
Tah Phrum Duh Bush: Early 80's late fall too small to play ball
But I thought it was amazin how my brother used to blaze men
Twice his age he used to send the ball sailin
Servin' suckas up like a lollipop salesman
How the game worked I didn't understand fully
It was him, some other cat, and this dude Red the school bully
Suddenly this crew of dudes just walked up on the court
They got up in Red's face man I thought they would've fought
But instead of throwin punches, Yo they started throwin rhymes
Gigging on each other with insulting punchlines
I was amazed and surprised at the things that they said
Droppin rhymes on a dime from the top of the head
It hit me in the heart man it blew my world apart
Who would've thought the school bully would've conjured up my art
Ran to the crib I gotta learn to flip the script
Looked in the mirror said yo Tah you got to do this shit
Marcus J: Back in the day before I ever heard a sound
I knew through my father that I came from the ground
That was his love and I guess I always knew it
The purest act of love was he never tied me to it
See I was free before I understood what free was
I explored everything and found my own loves
Fell in love before I really knew what that was
With an underground sound through the radio buzz
It was something I never ever heard in my life
But it drew me something like a moth to the light
Didn’t make me popular didn’t make me cool
But I learned a lot what they didn’t teach in school
Most heard noise I heard poetry
And before you know it I guess the poet is me
Still many years from what an MC should be
It was hip-hop that grabbed a hold and molded me
Now legends are friends and friends became legends
We’re more like a family of musical obsession
I’ll never forget my life cause I’m livin it
Said to myself you got to do this shit …and get back
from Everything Has Changed; Nothing is Different (Digital Deluxe Version),
released October 14, 2014
The GetBack (3:40)
(DC Snyder, C. Ridenhour, B. Whitty, M. Ankeney, M. Williams)
Concept: Chuck D
Vocals: C-Doc, Chuck D, Tah Phrum Duh Bush, Marcus J
Chorus: Brother Mike Williams
Recorded by C-Doc at HWIC East- Lower Burrell, PA, Rusty Skelding at Gristle Audio- Dayton, OH, Carl Ryder at HardRhyma Studio- Ventura, CA, Tah Phrum Duh Bush at The Haunted Attik- Flatbush, NY, and Michael Williams
DefBeat Posse Productions, ID!Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Collective of emcees founded by Public Enemy's Chuck D. Spearheaded by producer / emcee C-Doc, The Impossebulls were
nicknamed "the world's first virtual rap squad" as they would collaborate virtually with anyone at anytime. They recorded their self titled debut in 2001 and are set to celebrate their 20th year in 2021....more