R.A.W. Winner 2-16-2009: Thomas Rose

February 16, 2009 · 2 comments

The first Rap Appreciation Week winner is Thomas Rose of Sussex County NJ (a.k.a. “the SC”).  Tom’s blog has been added to the blogroll here at The Quixotic Jedi, if you’re interested in dropping in on his life from time to time. 

With Tom’s permission, I’ve also added a link to the song on YouTube (at the bottom), so you can hear it as you read his post.  Please note that Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest is also featured on this track.

Get It Together
by The Beastie Boys
from Ill Communication

I didn’t discover I liked the Beastie Boys until about 1997 when (I think) I bought Ill Communication from one of those CD clubs. I knew I liked the song Sabotage, so I figured I’d give the album a shot. The instrumentals on this album really got me to appreciate the Beastie Boys as guys more talented than Licensed To Ill originally made them out to be. Then I met my future wife in 1998 and found she was also a Beastie Boys fan, and we had several good times singing this song together, including at a Beastie Boys’ concert we attended in 1998 during the Hello Nasty tour. I’m pretty sure I was the oldest guy in the arena that night; I was 28 at the time. Anyway, one of the things I like about this song is the verbosity. It’s fun to try to spit out all the words along with the song. I also enjoy repeating the phrase “wait a minute” as they do in this song (you’d have to hear the song to have any idea why).

1-2 1-2 Keep It On
Listen To The Shit Because We Kick It Until Dawn
Listen To The Abstract Got It Going On
Listen To The Ladies Come On And Let Me Spawn
All Your Eggs Then You Go Up The River
Listen To The Abstract That Freaky Nigger
I’m Ad Rock And I Shock And I Tick And I Tock
And I Can’t Stop With The Body Rock
See I’ve Got Heart Like John Starks
Hitting Mad Sparks
Pass Me The Mic
And I’ll Be Rocking The Whole Park
I’m The M To The C To The A And It’s A Must
The Rhymes That We Bust On The Topic On Lust
And My Moms Is Not Butt, But Fuck It
Let Me Get Down To The Rhythm
Yes I’m Getting Funky And I’m Shooting All My Jism
Like John Holmes, The X-rated Nigger
Listen To The Shit ‘Cause I’m The Ill Figure
Nobody’s Getting Any Bigger Than This

Tom Rose (38.973)

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Tom February 16, 2009 at 17:19

Correction: I am from Passaic County. Passaic County is a strangely shaped county and I’m in the northern part that is connected to the more familiar part of Passaic County only by a tiny strip of land known as Pompton Lakes. Even the National Weather Service divides Passaic county into western & eastern portions in their weather updates. And there are numerous people up here in West Milford who are actually proposing to secede from Passaic County and either join Sussex County or start a new county because we, in their minds, have so little in common with the rest of Passaic County. I’m all for it – I’d rather go for jury duty in Newton than Paterson any day.


niceguyted February 16, 2009 at 23:29

Ok. My bad, dog. I can’t exactly fix it now without deleting your comment too. Let’s leave everything as it is, shall we? Even the Buddha wasn’t perfect.


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