audio review : Poor Georgie ( song ) … MC Lyte

“If you love someone, you should say it often,” MC Lyte advises, “You’ll never know when they’ll be laying in a coffin.” Awkward grammar aside, it’s a poignant message and the lesson of this story about a guy she met one night at a (dance) club.

There are “kiss/cry” breaks; the Motown hit bits, while random in their inclusion, also add a nice touch; but no chorus. It’s the lonely guitar loop; the whole song is based on Toto’s Georgy Porgy; that keeps you hooked till the tragic end.

my rating : 4 of 5

1991

audio review : Act Like You Know ( album ) ... MC Lyte

audio review : Act Like You Know ( album ) … MC Lyte

audio review : Act Like You Know ( album ) ... MC Lyte

This album begins on an awkward note. The first song is a Love song that has little do with the concept of the album, but MC Lyte is nearly forgiven as she goes on to cover an impressive assortment of social themes over funky hip-hop beats. Her raps aren’t as impressive as she seems to think, but her Georgie story, about a friend who kills himself in a drunk-driving accident, is touching.

my rating : 3 of 5

1991