Nonchalant – 5 O’Clock

Nonchalant released her single “5 O’Clock” on February 6, 1996.  The single was produced by DeWayne “Bam” Staten, Sr., Alonzo “Lonnie” Simmons, Jr., Kapin L. Ferguson, Jr, and StarrSturkk and was the lead single to her debut and only album “Until The Day“.  Both single and album were released on MCA Records.

Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Hip Hop music had crossed over to the mainstream and with that came more responsibility.  Hip Hop told us to wear condoms, say no to drugs, know your culture and “stop the violence”.  Just like Heather B did one year before, Nonchalant tells us to puts the guns down and stay away from the street corner.  Drecia Vega & Bink Woods Dre are also featured on this track to give their side of the story.   The track moves over a slow bass groove and makes young kids think about living the illegal life.  The hook is catchy as they come and if you are outside at 5 am living life illegally, she’s telling you to get yourself home and stop wasting your time.

The track had multiple remixes from producers such as K-Def, Joe Quixx and B.L.A.K.  The album had some dope cuts including “Until the Day” and “Lookin’ Good to Me” but nothing touched this track!  She has not dropped a second album and released a couple of tracks on movie soundtracks but in 1998 she was dropped from MCA.

It’s really real, when I feel the way that I do right now
I see all my brothers underground
Pushing up daisies, man, it amazes me
That you can’t see where you gonna be
A statistic, everybody’s gon’ call ballistic
If you had a good day, damn, I must have missed it
Cause you mad at the Universe
Going to hell with everybody else cause you want your own first
I got the urge to let you in on a little secret
Cause you keep dying if I keep it
All the keeling that you’re feeling is from within
For the copper check the color of your skin
Why lie? I couldn’t try even if I had to
Born with the bullet-proof vest when I had you
A black woman trying to get through to the few
So you can leave the next crew

5 o’clock in the morning. Where you gonna be?
(Outside on the corner)
You better get yourself together
While you’re wasting all your time
Right along with your mind

5 o’clock in the morning. Where you gonna be?
(Outside on the corner)
You better get yourself together
While you’re wasting all your time
Right along with your mind

(Bink Woods Dre):
Why should I do right and suffer
I rather do wrong making that loopy and that hustler
Instead of hot-dogs I’m eating porks up in their smother
And got a gang of loot up in the safe up in my covers
On top of all that I push big fat Lex
And got my hoes that in golf course just in case I feel like flexing
So I must ask, for real though, who are you
See, I’m a big man

(Drecia Vega):
Yeah, you know you’se a big man, check it
I went for twelve years to school and never could read
A knowledge of my hood is something they can never teach me
I never started to step but I kept up with the Joneses
Having rollers… my little pinky ring
I did a lot of kinky thing the girls knew it, flock into it
I’m around my old way, yeah, they still wants to do it
Its not about the clothes that you got on your back
But the money in your pocket and if you’re down like that
Come on

5 o’clock in the morning. Where you gonna be?
(Outside on the corner)
You better get yourself together
While you’re wasting all your time
Right along with your mind

5 o’clock in the morning. Where you gonna be?
(Outside on the corner)
You better get yourself together
While you’re wasting all your time
Right along with your mind

Wella, Mr. Black Man tell me where you’re heading
The last few years I watched while you were sheading
Pounds and pounds on growth for the population
Soon we won’t be able to have a strong black nation
A shooting here, a stabbing there nowhere to stop
Cause now you’re dying from the dose of the crack rock
I’m just a Nubian Queen that needs a king to stand strong
And try to press on
It’s not a white man’s finger on the trigger
Car-jacks, drive-by’s, callin’ each other “nigga”
I’m not here to scold but rather shape n’ mold
That young black mind that won’t live to grow old
Cause you’re fronting smoking on the blunt and
Down with your friends cause you think you’re making ends
But you’re not – and that’s the truth of the matter
Your brother gettin’ skinny, cause you want your pockets fatter

5 o’clock in the morning. Where you gonna be?
(Outside on the corner)
You better get yourself together
While you’re wasting all your time
Right along with your mind

5 o’clock in the morning. Where you gonna be?
(Outside on the corner)
You better get yourself together
While you’re wasting all your time
Right along with your mind

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