Each week, Poor Scholars digs a little bit deeper into the catalog of an infamous “one-hit wonder” by listening to their other “top hits” on Spotify to explore what exactly went wrong. This week, Poor Scholars’ Scott Phillips breaks down the other songs of Freak Nasty.
The One Hit
The other day I was walking on Southport Avenue near my apartment when I heard someone bumping “Da’ Dip” as they approached in a black SUV. Confused enough by the unseasonably warm Chicago weather, I thought I might be hearing things. But as the SUV approached the stop sign at Roscoe and Southport, I could clearly hear:
“I PUT MY HAND UPON YOUR HIP
WHEN I DIP YOU DIP WE DIP”
Completely stunned; I proceeded down Southport.
As a track, “Da’ Dip” reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually went platinum. It’s a decent enough 90s rap dance track that’s cheesy, catchy, and oversexed.
The other “top hits” on Spotify
“Smurf Rock” – I couldn’t find this song on YouTube, but it’s an instrumental that sounds like it may sample voices and sounds from Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock“, which is a superior song. Listen to that instead.
“Down Low” – This song blatently rips off 69 Boyz’ jam, “Tootsee Roll” and also name drops “Da’ Dip.” You’re not missing much here.
“Woo Woo” – Okay, this wasn’t technically a “top hit” on Spotify for Freak Nasty, but when doing some research for this I came across this absolutely ridiculous music video on YouTube. The song is another typical 90s oversexed rap song, but it is catchy — if you can tolerate 2,000 instances of “Woo Woo” being used to describe everything from genatalia to actually speaking the words, “Woo Woo.”
The video — which looks like it was filmed on a $70 budget — features a bevy of afternoon-shift exotic dancers, some kind of club and a much older and heavier Freak Nasty wearing a backwards Aaron Brooks jersey. It’s everything I want from a rap video I would see on my local Public Access channel.
While discussing the legacy of Freak Nasty with Rambo, he came to the conclusion that most of the songs in Mr. Nasty’s catalog sound the same. I largely agree with that statement and 100% agree with Rambo’s statement that followed:
“I wanna go to a Freak Nasty party.”
Freak Nasty may not make innovative tracks, but the man has been making party videos for 10 years and doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon. Good for him. America.