Schoolly D – P.S.K. What Does It Mean?

Schoolly D released his single “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?” back in 1985. The single was produced by J.B. Weaver Jr. and appears on his self titled debut album. The B-side on this classic 12 inch record is “Gucci Time” and both are considered classics and the start of the gangsta-rap genre.  The single was distributed by Schoolly D’s own independent label Schoolly D Records.

Rappers like Ice-T and Eazy E owe a debt of gratitude to this Philadelphia rapper for being the first artist to have references of guns, drugs and sex on wax.  This launched a gang of rappers (pun intended) into stardom.

The track’s name is an acronym for the gang that Schoolly D was affiliated to “Park Side Killas”.  The beat was a pre-programmed beat that came with the Roland TR-909 and was as raw and “Sucker MC’s” was back in 1983.  It had a stripped down beat with Schoolly rapping on top of the beat talking about scoring some brew and weed, screwing a whore and pulling a gun on a sucker mc.  The stuff was pretty raw to the point that Ice-T adapted that style and made it his own on “6 in the Mornin“.   The Notorious BIG, DJ Khaled and Eminem all remade the track including that infectious yet simple classic beat!

The B-side is dope too with the Beastie Boys and 3rd Bass using the iconic songs on their tracks!  Schoolly D is known for the originator of the gangsta rap genre and for that we salute you!

(The offical adventures of…)

PSK we’re making that green
People always say, “What the hell does that mean?”
P for the people who can’t understand
How one homeboy became a man
S for the way we scream and shout
One by one I’m knocking you out
K for the way my DJ cutting
Other MC’s, man you ain’t saying nothing
Rocking on to the break of dawn
I think Code Money, your time is on


[Verse 1]
Driving in my car down the avenue
Towing on a j, sipping on some brew
Turned around, see the fly young lady
Pull to the curb and park my Mercedes
Said “Fly lady, now you’re looking real nice
Sweeter than honey, sugar and spice”
Told her my name was MC Schoolly D
All about making that cash money
She said, “Schoolly D, I know your game
Heard about you in the hall of fame”
I said, “Mama, mama, I tell you no lies
Cause all I wanna do is to get you high
And uh – lay you down and do the body rock”
Took a walk to the corner, got into the car
Took a little trip to a fancy bar
Copped some brew, some j, some coke
Tell you now, brother, this ain’t no joke
She got me to the crib, she laid me on the bed
I fucked her from my toes to the top of my head
I finally realized the girl was a whore
Gave her ten dollars, she asked me for some more


[Verse 2]
Clinton Road one Saturday night
Towing on a cheeba I was feeling alright
Then my homie-homie called me on the phone
His name is Chief Keith, but we call him Bone
Told me ’bout this party on the Southside
Copped my pistol, jumped into the ride
Got at the bar, copped some flack
Copped some cheeba-cheeba, it wasn’t wack
Got to the place, and who did I see
A sucker-ass nigga trying to sound like me
Put my pistol up against his head
And said, “You sucker-ass nigga I should shoot you dead”
A thought ran across my educated mind
Said, man, Schoolly D ain’t doing no time
Grabbed the microphone and I started to talk
Sucker-ass nigga, man, he started to walk


-Al E.

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