Saturday, April 4, 2009

Kidz in the Hall Got it Made....Well Kinda

Often, when remakes (not remixes) of Classic (and not so Classic) Hip Hop songs are made i find myself generally preferring the original to the reworking. Call it nostalgia or being stubborn but, am I alone in feeling like some things should just be left alone? Ok, i know I probably sound like our parents speaking on their favorite artist's/group's song being used for a sample but I'm saying though.

I heard this Kidz in the Hall remake of Special Ed's I Got It Made a while back and was immediately uninterested. This morning while watching television, the video for the song appears. I decide to watch it and determine that if I had NEVER heard the original I would probably like the K.I.T.H. version more, but alas such is not the case. After contemplating my thoughts/feelings I realized that the changing of the aesthetics of the song/video is what triggers my "Smh" factor. The raw funky grittines of the Ripples's I Dont Know What It Is... is substituted with females singing the hook and the inner city high school imagery is replaced by a swanky loft apartment party with the attendees wearing the flashy clothes that Special Ed ONLY rapped about.

Ironically, the difference in aesthetics actually depicts the meteoric rise of Hip Hop over the last 20 years and the conspicuous displays of consumption now associated with it. Unfortunately, the gaudiness also spells out what is wrong with Hip Hop to me... Nevertheless Enjoy the vids and let us know what YOU think

Special Ed - I Got it Made (1989)

Kidz in the Hall - I Got it Made (09)


Blogger ChocLitLuvJoi said...

I really like both joints independently of the other. While Special Ed's I Got it Made will always be a classic, I see K.I.T.H's version more like a sampling than a remake. Special Ed's is HipHop while K.I.T.H's was HipHopSoul... to me. Sounds like 2 different genres which is why I was led to more of a sampling view of things than remake. The videos were of no consequence to me, but Special Ed's was always dope.

PeAce out homies

April 4, 2009 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger DJ Rahdu said...

You are definitely entitled to your opinion and I can feel where you're coming from but Reebok, who commissioned the song, says this:

The Reebok Classic Remix is a new collection of classic footwear styles which has been updated to create the Classic Remix collection. Key retro elements of the past and streamline detailing of the present combine a 'then and now' look at Reebok's history. The Classic Remix collection is available exclusively at Foot Locker stores. In celebration of this new collection, Reebok is partnering with today's top emerging hip-hop artists. Each will remake an original influential song from the 80's to be distributed exclusively with the Classic Remix collection. Kidz In The Hall (Major League/Duck Down Music) is the first group in the series to remake the classic song, "I Got It Made" by Special Ed. The track is available for download now to customers who purchase footwear from the Classic Remix collection at Foot Locker stores. In conjunction with the release of the Reebok Classic Remix collection, a music video for "I Got It Made (Reebok Classic '09)" premieres today on The video is directed by Justin Francis, who has directed videos for Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Modest Mouse, Weezer, Timbaland and more. Reebok will offer new styles and color ways from the collection throughout the year, each featuring a new artist and re-interpreted track. Next in the series will be Kid Sister, followed by B.o.B. For more information, check out: http://www.footlockerunloc

April 5, 2009 at 11:12 AM  

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