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April 11, 2014 10:12 AM   Subscribe

Hello, darlings! How are we all today? Growing tall and strong? Good, good. That's what I like to hear. I must now commandeer your brains and I will give them back when I'm done. Years ago, I was out for a drive, and listening to the radio late at night. This would have been at the lower, collegey end of the FM dial. I want to say I was somewhere in Connecticut at the time. Total ballpark here, but I'd guess it was maybe something like 2006. I heard a song that I remember as being fun to listen to, and I wanted to find it again, and I have not been able to do so. Details are within.

The good news is that I remember more about this song than in the usual "help me remember a song" question. The bad news is that it has been thoroughly Google-proof up to now, so basically either you know this song or you don't. But hopefully, one of you does!

I should also mention that the song wasn't, like, Earth-shatteringly amazing or anything (though I did enjoy listening to it); it's really more that I have not been able to find anything about it over the years so it's taken on a bit of a mythical quality for me. I'm sure you can relate.

Here, as they say, are the deets.*

It was rap. I remember the beat as being fairly bassy and thumpy and echoey and slowish. The performers sounded white, and there were more than one of them. I really liked their flow and use of alliteration at the time.

The chorus was something like this:

"We don't have to invent lies to captivate your mind / We just activate behinds with new zappers, baby"


That's what it sounded like, anyway. They may also have been saying "invent lines," and while it definitely sounded like it, I'm not sure if "new zappers" is what they were actually saying at the end there. I couldn't pick up on what was meant by zappers in this context. It's very possible that they were saying something else and I'm going to feel like an idiot. Also I'm like ninety percent sure that the chorus ended with the word "baby" but I would not swear to it in court.

But other than "baby," I'm absolutely dead certain that the chorus had that structure and those approximate words, or words that sound very much like them, in that order.

I've tried Googling the chorus every which way. I've tried it as "new sappers," too, in case that's a thing. No luck.

I would not be able to tell you what station it was, what time of year, the DJ or really any more information than is given above.

Finding songs like this is usually something I'm quite good at, if I may be uncharacteristically immodest for a moment, so this

That's all! Thank you for reading and for knowing it if you know it. If you don't know it, I will still love you.

Yrs,
FM

* Details.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Shot in the dark, but it sounds like Connecticut rapper Apathy - he had three projects at the time: the established Demigodz, and two new side-projects, Army of the Pharaohs and Get Busy Committee. The description of the beats matches those on all three project - slow, strong, with reverb - but I can't find a list of their lyrics, tho - and it may have been a rebroadcast radio freestyle.
posted by Slap*Happy at 1:44 PM on April 11


Doesn't look like it's Apathy, nah, although I didn't realize he's white. Go figure. I would have laughed if it was him because I've been listening to Demigodz and AotP for a while now.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 2:56 PM on April 11


A longshot, but maybe The Arrival by Atmosphere?
posted by alona at 3:40 PM on April 11


When I read your description I thought of Aim - Fall Break. Listening to it now it really doesn't sync up with your description at all, but I'll link it anyway.
posted by modofo at 6:36 PM on April 11


If you haven't already, try posting your query on the Tip Of My Tongue section of reddit.
posted by fullerenedream at 8:35 PM on April 11


I know Murs and Aesop Rock did some stuff together. From your description, it sounds like they might be a maybe.
posted by qnarf at 10:46 AM on April 13


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