Patchwork with precision
You may want to get out some scratch paper and a pencil to help you keep track of and understand the complexity of the origins of “Geto Boys” by Portland’s electro-duo Glass Candy. This collage of a track samples The Geto Boys’ 1991 narrative rap hit “My Mind Playing Tricks On Me,” which was built around a sample from Isaac Hayes’ 1974 jam “Hung Up On My Baby.” Oh yeah, and the lyrics in this track are the lyrics from none other than James “Sugar Boy” Crawford’s 1953 tune “Iko Iko.” I know what you’re thinking, it seems like Glass Candy didn’t do a whole lot here besides stitch together other artists’ work. Au contraire, mon frère. With “Geto Boys,” Glass Candy blends together many different moods and musical styles and creates something entirely new. Think of this track as a musical smoothie. Sure, strawberries, bananas, milk, and yogurt are all great on their own. But when you mix them all together, you’ve got liquid gold.