Wale: This is how you go-go
by Winston "Stone" Ford
A couple months ago, I was talking to some DC hip-hop heads about what’s lacking in the DC music scene. Go-go is DC’s native musical form (if you don’tknow, read up), but other than some appearances on the House Party soundtrack and that Amerie single, its rarely heard outside of the District lines.
I told them that the best way to expose outsiders to go-go is to mix it with traditional hip-hop beats. Go-go is best experienced live. It doesn’ttransfer to radio well. However, the beat is key. We already know that Jill Scott and (Canadian?) Melissa Bathory can use the beat in R&B. So why not hip-hop? You have dudes from Alaska droppin’ Baltimore Club beats. So why not have have dudes from Texas singing “Take me out to the go-go?”
The music can be worldwide. You just have to package it right. For these dudes, it was “go-go or nothin'”. They gave me the “why is this bamma from the Ward 3 trying to tell us about go-go look,” and that was that.
This track by Wale though, best illustrates what I was trying to explain. You got the hot beat. The go-go sample. The multiple DC shout-outs. This is a track that every local radio station should be playing 24/7 and the community should get behind.