Chi-Ali – Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A #

Chi-Ali released his single, “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A #” back in 1992.  The single was produced by Mista Lawnge and released on Violator/Relativity Records.  The single was also included on his debut album “The Fabulous Chi-Ali” that was released on March 24, 1992.

The only song that was not produced by The Beanuts was this track done by mad underrated Mista Lawnge from the group Black Sheep.  It samples the bass groove from “I’ll Keep My Light in My Window” by Ben Vereen and a sped up piano sample from “Hope That We Can Be Together Soon” by Stanley Turrentine.  It also has a sample of Roy AyersWe Live In Brooklyn” for the hook.  

Chi-Ali did to KRS-One, what Jay Z did with Nas.  He took a sample of BDP’sCriminal Minded” track and made it a hit song.  “Girls look soooo good, but their brain is not ready, I don’t knoooow/I’d rather talk to a woman because her mind is so steady, so here we go” is the line you will be repeating until the next catchy song comes on.  The funny thing is that he sounds like he’s 13 and is looking for a more mature woman.  It’s a dope track with a crazy catchy chorus.

The album has some other dope tracks including “Roadrunner“, “Funky Lemonade” and the incredible posse cut “Let the Horns Blow” (ft. Dres, Trugoy the Dove, Fashion & Phife Dawg).  He sounds much older on these tracks, but when you diss Kriss Kross in your music, you knew this guy still had a bright future.  Unfortunately he never released another album and in 2000 murdered his girlfriend’s brother and spent 12 years in prison after a long manhunt.  He’s done a couple of singles but nothing as good as this album.

[Hook: KRS-One sample]

Girls look soooo good, but their brain is not ready, I don’t knoooow
I’d rather talk to a woman because her mind is so steady, so here we go
Girls look soooo good, but their brain is not ready, I don’t knoooow
I’d rather talk to a woman because her mind is so steady, so here we go

[Verse 1: Chi-Ali]
Little girlie listen to me, stop giggling and kissing to me
Try to refrain from playing the childish games
And from your notebooks please erase my name
Kill the love letters, cause yo, you’re living lame
I’m making records, my head didn’t go swell
Chi-Ali is just too advanced for show and tell
Don’t get offended, there’s no need for insecurity
Age is but a number, it’s all about maturity
So don’t think I’m dissing, I’m educating
Until I think you’re ready, I’m waiting
But now I reach ya like a book I must delve
Boyfriend after boyfriend and you’re not even twelve
Bought your brush, you don’t need to debate
Honey save yourself for Chi and I’ll be worth that wait
Two or three years, don’t be pressured by your peers
Surrender and you’d better be prepared to shed tears
Remember mom and the things you learned about
Cause I don’t need a girl that’s 14 and burnt out
Take my advice, think twice
In order to be with Chi-Ali you have to pay the price
Of being older, mature, a woman I’ll endure
And if you try and diss me, I’ll play you for sure
In four or five years or more
But for now, remember, that the

[Hook]

[Verse 2: Chi-Ali]
Walking down the street and I saw this honey
She was dipped, the opposite of bummy
I stepped to her, I said “Yo you look swell”
Give me your number, you have a man, I won’t tell
It really don’t matter cause to me it means nothing
Next time I’m feeling rough, I’ll just snuff him
Anyway, how old are you G?
“13”, I’m Audi
The girl said, “Hold up, who you think you are?”
I said, “I’m Chi-Ali, a superstar”
She said, “I may be young but don’t be mislead
With this dope body you’ll choose me instead”
I said, “Don’t get me wrong, your body may be ready
But come back in three years when your mind is more steady
I’m not trying to diss you, I’m just trying to blow up”
But do me a favor, hon, and grow up, cause the

[Hook]

[Verse 3: Chi-Ali]
Downtown the Village, I see this fly cutie
Crazy thick, freshly dipped, with a fat doobie
I didn’t waste time to kick my game
I stepped to her, I showed no shame
I said, “How you doing? My name’s Chi-Ali”
She said, “Yeah, you’re the one from TV”
I said, “Yeah forget that, give me your name and number”
She said, “Chill, maybe if I was younger”
I said, “How old are you?” She said, “17”
I said, “So what? I could get in between”
She asked my age, I said “Is that what you wonder?”
Don’t sweat that G, cause age is just a number
It’s all where your head is at, and I’m mature
Do I have money? Of course, I’m doing tours
So stay out of my pocket and everything will be splendid
I make my money, so I will spend it
Damn, I thought with you I could go steady
But now I see that your mind is not ready
Your body says “woman” one of the flyest in the world
But mentally, you’re just a little girl

-Al E.

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