“Freak Like Me”, the debut single by Adina Howard, was a monster hit back in 1995 and one of the last great examples of the West Coast G-Funk sound.
Originally a self-described shy kid from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Adina grew up listening to Vanity 6, Skyy and Klymaxx. Motivated by these female artists’ strong, confident, liberated personas, Adina made the move to California to break into the music business.
Adina quickly made a name for herself with the anthem “Freak Like Me”, off her gold debut “Do You Wanna Ride.” Produced by Mass Order, the beat is driven by G-Funk style synth keys over a Sly and The Family Stone sampled drum beat. The lyrics, which interpolate “Be With You” by Bootsy Collins and his Rubber Band, are beyond memorable (“PUMP PUMP!” Is stuck in my head as I type this.) Although west coast hip-hop was often known for its misogynistic lyrics, Adina was notable for flipping the script; her suggestive lyrics and image were at once provocative and empowering, and set a trend in the 90s for female artists like Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown to take charge of their sexuality and their selves on wax, in a very raw, rugged, and real way. These women would not be objectified as tricks and hoes; but be personified as bosses; more than a match for their male counterparts.
When you lose someone.. its tough but you gotta push through.. you gotta show them.that not only will you not leave them in vain but you will always remember who they were and what they represented... lets cherish those who are important to us and never forget the memories they leave behind.. S.I.P PEACE BROWN
Gotta have love for cassettes too! I’m still looking for an old school boom box to pick up. At every second hand store, I look for one. No luck yet, but I’m not giving up until I can walk around like Radio Raheem.
Here are a few I picked up on a trip to San Diego and while living in Japan 🇯🇵. That #GangstaLean D.R.S. tape brings back memories of watching a channel called The Box. It was a channel dedicated to music videos and operated from 1985 until 2001, when MTV bought them.
The next time you start cryin' about gettin' the one with the wobbly wheel, or the one that randomly screeches like a blue Jay caught in a bread maker, try pushin' this bent-up bitch around. I'm fucking exhausted and half my shit's on the floor.