Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs – I Got To Have It

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Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs – I Got To Have It Throwback

Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs released their single “I Got To Have It” back in 1991 and was the first single from their debut album “Life of a Kid in the Ghetto“.  The single was produced by Teddy Ted and Special K and was released on America-Mercury Records.

The first time I heard this track, I was watching Yo! MTV Raps and as soon as I heard the beat, I was hooked.  The track borrows Hamilton Bohannon’sSinging a Song for My Mother” and is the jazziest/bluest track you can sample.  The horn and piano sample brings you in and doesn’t let go.  When the song ends, you’re like “What the hell?” and play it again!  This beat is one of the most infectious in Hip Hop history!

Ed O.G.’s lyrics are on point and flow perfectly with the beat.  His words and bars are positive and gives you the notion that this guy has something to say.  Back in 1991, there was plenty of albums that had messages in their music.  The man represents Boston and Roxbury in particular.  Just his crews name had a dope meaning when he claims,

Da Bulldogs, Roxbury, and Boston is what I represent
The Black United Leaders Living Directly On Grooving Sounds
At first you didn’t know us but now it’s like, “Yo, put me down”
We didn’t get in here so you can get in with us
You wasn’t down when we was riding the bus
So put on your Adidas and step off

He also has a message for all the kids and parents out there.  Like his second single, he wants you to “be a father to your child” and lead them in the right direction.

If you was my kid, for what you did you’d have a foot in
Right in your ass, another term’s rectum
Kids are having kids, they’re not parents so they let them
Do things that shouldn’t be done

The track is dope and when the album dropped I remember coping it with other heads asking me “who the hell is that?”.  All I had to do is play tracks like “Be A Father To Your Child“, “Bug-A-Boo“, “I’m Different” and “Stop (Think for a Moment)” and they then said, “oh…that dude!”  That guy was dope and his album “Life of a Kid in the Ghetto” was a classic, even though a lot of people slept on it like Posturepedic bed.  Take a listen when you get a chance.  You won’t be disappointed!

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[Verse 1: Ed O.G]
I stay hard like an erection
I’m burning, sucker, so wear protection
Now who’s next when Ed’s flexing?
I’m the bread and you are just a crumb off
Jerking your jimmy but you still can’t come off
I’m from Roxbury, the ‘Bury, but not the fruit y’all
Don’t make me act like where I come from cause it’s brutal
Hold my bone in a zone that’s neutral
Soon to be large, the whole nine yards, but I ain’t souped y’all
Suckers be swearing that their staring is gonna scare me
Look but don’t touch and if you do be prepared G
To go out, just like your first day off punishment
Da Bulldogs, Roxbury, and Boston is what I represent
The Black United Leaders Living Directly On Grooving Sounds
At first you didn’t know us but now it’s like, “Yo, put me down”
We didn’t get in here so you can get in with us
You wasn’t down when we was riding the bus
So put on your Adidas and step off
I got to have it

[Verse 2: Ed O.G]
No need for me to run away, brother, put the gun away
You wanna take my life away as if we were in combat
You can buy some new Adidas but you can’t buy my life back
Aiyyo, whassup with that? Why is it like that?
Let’s stand together y’all, and fight that in our race
To replace waste with a taste, just in case
You can’t face the place that you’ve been put in
If you was my kid, for what you did you’d have a foot in
Right in your ass, another term’s rectum
Kids are having kids, they’re not parents so they let them
Do things that shouldn’t be done
You’re not a father ’cause you got a son unless you’re taking care of him
Crack is more contagious than rabies
Baseheads broads are having basehead babies
Now how that sound? Not profound
Black people unite and let’s all get down
I got to have it

[Verse 3: Ed O.G]
I’m not like anyone else, and in your shoes I couldn’t be in
The E and to the D and to the O oh yes be G’n
Da Bulldogs got pull dawg, inciting we be seeing
I don’t wanna stand on a corner, I’m MCing
Call me a goody two-shoes who’s in the right shoes, B
I don’t have to pump jums to clock G’s
It’s my turn to go and I got the right of way
You gotta fight your way to see another brighter day
But that’s another subject, you like it or you love it
Jea-lous? Get jealous, no push but I’mma shove it
But regardless, when times are hardest
I cleaned off the dirt, ’cause they needed a polish
When you’re in like food in your stomach, they wanna stick with you
But when you’re out like Elvis, they wanna dick you
But hey, that’s okay, ’cause we kept on striving
And even when T lost his car, we kept on driving
You had your chance to advance, but you blew it
Now ask yourself this question: Did you like the way I do it?
I got to have it

Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs – I Got To Have It Throwback

-Al E.

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