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LL Kool Thing

I guess i'm in a mood to look up background info on musical guest collaborations today. Sonic Youth's Kool Thing, which guest stars Chuck D (although it's not a particularly interesting use of him) came up on the iPod, so i looked that up. Found this on Wikipedia:


The song was inspired by an interview bassist/singer Kim Gordon conducted with LL Cool J for Spin in which the two artists clashed.[1] Although he is never mentioned by name, the song's lyrics contain several references to LL Cool J. Gordon's lyrics make reference to several of the rapper's works, including the single "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and the album Walking With a Panther. She also repeats the line "I don't think so", which appears in LL Cool J's "Going Back to Cali".

Google books has the Spin interview. And there's a write up here, which says, "At other points--like when the rapper asserted, "The guy has to have control over his woman"--you could tell Gordon would have loved to deck him with her notepad."

I didn't know that's what Kool Thing was about. I wonder if Chuck D was aware.

By fnord12 | February 4, 2015, 11:24 AM | Music