“I got a question to ask you truth, are you a chef? ‘Cause you keep feeding me soup.”
- I Gotta Man, by Positive K
You may be familiar with this song [ed. note: because it's *awesome*], but if you aren’t [ed. note: who *are* you?] all you need to know is that it’s one of those songs that you [ed. note: ok, I] love but would never actually pay to hear. Over the years I’ve done a lot of things to listen to this particular bit of lyrical mastery.
A timeline, if you will:
1995: I load up a fresh long-play tape and tune my tape/radio Sony boombox to Jammin 94.5 and sit for *hours* hoping to catch the intro bass line and then LEAP across the room to hit ‘record’. I miss the first 15 seconds and it sounds like Positive K is actually inside a cereal box, but no matter. Now you can persist and play Don Juan all day, but ain’t nothing gonna change.
2000: I fire up my Compaq DeskPro and open Napster. On the black and green screen I type in “Positive K”. MIRACLE OF MIRACLES! So when I blow up, don’t kick it to me later.
2005: Rumor has it that there’s something on campus called “myTunes”. It will scour the campus network and pull down any song that’s shared publicly. Search: “I Gotta Man”. Bam. Are you talkin’? Psssh whateva.
2007: After two months trying to steal broadband from our upstairs neighbors, my roommates and I finally spring for internet. We take our new wifi broadband for a spin by watching old music videos on YouTube. Three guesses as to what I want to hear. I’ll admit… I like how you kick it.
2011: Spotify hits the U.S. Any song you want. Anytime you want it. On your phone for $10 a month. I drop in my PayPal information (because that’s not real money, right?) and download the app. I start searching for deep cuts and I find my fave cult classic. You gotta what? How long you had that problem?
I’m pretty psyched about this. But then I realize….
I just paid money to hear the over-dubbed tones of Positive K. For the first time in 16 years. Ok, music industry. You win. Sort of.