Jungle Brothers’ Afrika Baby Bam Says Because I Got It Like That Was Written For…Prince (Video)
One of the Jungle Brothers’ breakthrough records was 1988’s “Because I Got It Like That.” The 1988 Idlers/Warlock Records single would be a keystone in the Native Tongues movement, predating De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest’s formal arrival in the music marketplace. With that said, the Straight Out The Jungle single kicked in the door for Afrika Baby Bam, Mike Gee, and Sammy B on their debut.
The indie LP would go on to grab the coveted 5-mic rating from The Source, and become a Hip-Hop classic featuring involvement from Q-Tip, Todd Terry, and Kool DJ Red Alert.
In a new interview with 247HH.com, Afrika reveals that the hit, which sampled Sly & The Family Stone, was originally penned with none other than Prince in mind. “I wrote that song for Prince. Because I knew he liked the Staple Singers. [There is] a song that the Staple Singers sang called ‘Piece Of The Action,’ which was [in] a movie with Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. I used to watch this movie over, and over, and over again because I liked that song. Then I read one day that Prince said one of his inspirations was the Staple Singers. They had this Gospel style; I was big on Gospel at the time. I wasn’t religious, but I loved Gospel music. So I was sittin’ on the train on the way to the studio, and I was imagining a Staple Singers-styled song for Prince. I even [sang the bridge to Mike Gee], when [he] got on the train. I said, ‘Yo, that’s the Prince song.’ He said, ‘Yeah? Wow, that’s hot.’ I was like, ‘No, I’m just kiddin’. I wrote that.”
From D’Angelo to Sinhead O’Connor to Shelia E., plenty of people have covered Prince songs. How would it sound if The Artist were to cover The JBeez?