From the Mark McCrazy File | What Song’s are in Your 8 Track Player


[incomplete list]
Marvin Gaye – If I Should Die Tonight
According to Ed Townsend, he wrote this song after an encounter with a woman he “admired from afar”.[1] The woman convinced Townsend that they could not “build happiness on the misery of others”, as they both were in relationships with other people.[1] He told her she was right and, as he was prepared to walk away from her for the last time, she asked, “is that all you have to say?”, to which he responded, “no…if I should die tonight, Lord, before my time, I won’t die blue ’cause I’ve known you.”[1]

Townsend later returned home where he later wrote out the rest of lyrics. He felt the song would be better suited for Gaye to record. But Gaye, known notoriously for not being able to sing a song unless the lyrics pertained to him personally whether he wrote them or not, turned the song down initially. He explained to Townsend, “I can’t sing that song. I’ve never felt that way about a woman in my life.”[2] Subsequently during the session for the album’s title track, he met his future second wife, Janis Hunter. After a date, Gaye returned to the studio and exclaimed to Townsend, “Ed, get that song out. I can sing that sonovabitch now!”[2]

Terror Squad – Lean Back ft. Fat Joe, Remy
Terror Squad is an American hip hop collective that was first established in 1998. Based in The Bronx borough of New York City, the members of Terror Squad collectively debuted on a song in member Fat Joe’s album Don Cartagena.[1] Terror Squad released its debut, The Album, in 1999, with its first major hit “Whatcha Gon’ Do”, credited mostly to Big Pun, who died of a heart attack in 2000. After Big Pun’s death, his longtime partners Cuban Link and Triple Seis left the group and were subsequently replaced by Remy Martin (later known as Remy Ma) and Tony Sunshine.


Ralph Tresvant – When I Need Somebody

Tresvant sang lead on many of the New Edition lead singles including “Candy Girl”, “Cool It Now”, “Count Me Out”, and “If It Isn’t Love”. When New Edition was formed as the group, Tresvant was chosen as the leading frontman, which caused conflict with group member Bobby Brown (who was since voted out of the group in the early years).

Rick James and the Temptations – Standing on the Top

Reunion is a 1982 album by The Temptations for Gordy Records. The album was released during the 1982 Temptations Reunion tour, which reunited David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks with the Temptations after a decade-long absence. The album also features then-current Temptations Dennis Edwards, Glenn Leonard, Richard Street, and founding members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin. Reunion featured the hit single “Standing on the Top”, produced by and featuring Motown funk star Rick James, who had previously used the Temptations as the background vocalists for his 1981 hit “Super Freak“.

The Reunion tour, which began in April 1982 was only partially successful. Ruffin, a cocaine addict, missed several shows, causing the group to be fined thousands of dollars for each performance he missed, and Eddie Kendricks’ falsetto voice had weakened due to constant smoking. Group leader Otis Williams decided that the reunion would not be a permanent thing, and fired Ruffin and Kendricks shortly after Christmas 1982.

Rick Ross – Hustlin’
“Hustlin’ ” is the first single from Miami rapper Rick Ross’s debut album Port of Miami, composed by Andrew Harr, Jermaine “Mayne Zayne” Jackson and himself.[2] The official remix of this song features Jay-Z and Young Jeezy, which is also on the album. The song also appears remixed on DJ Drama & Lil Wayne‘s mixtape Dedication 2. An unofficial leaked remix was made featuring Lil Wayne, Z-Ro, Jay-Z, T.I., Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma, Young Jeezy and Lil Flip. Another unofficial remix was leaked featuring Jay-Z’s verse. The song has since sold over 5,600,000 copies, becoming 5x platinum certified by RIAA.

Shaquille O’Neal – Strait Playin’

Strait Playin’” is the second single released from Shaquille O’Neal‘s third album, You Can’t Stop the Reign. It was produced by DJ Quik and featured verses from Quik and Peter Gunz. The song was a slight improvement from the album’s first single, peaking at 33 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.

Shock – Let’s Get Crackin’

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The Lox ft. Lil’ Kim & DMX – Money, Power & Respect

Money, Power & Respect” was the second single released from the The LOX‘s debut album, Money, Power & Respect. The song was produced by Hitmen members D-Dot and Amen-Ra and featured DMX, who contributed the song’s fourth verse, and Lil’ Kim, who performed the chorus. the track samples Dexter Wansel‘s 1979 song “New Beginning”.

barkays hit and run
The Bar-Kays are an American soul, R&B, and funk group formed in 1966. The group had dozens of charting singles from the 1960s to the 1980s, including “Soul Finger” (U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number 17, R&B number 3) in 1967, “Son of Shaft” (R&B number 10) in 1972, and “Boogie Body Land” (R&B number 7) in 1980.

TLC – Diggin’ On You

Diggin’ on You” is a song by American R&B female group TLC, taken from their second studio album, CrazySexyCool (1994). “Diggin’ on You” was written and produced by Babyface. It was chosen to be the fourth and final single from the album and it was released on September 25, 1995. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the group’s seventh top 10 single, and fourth from the same album. It also peaked at #7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Elsewhere, it reached the top-ten in Australia and New Zealand, top-twenty in the UK, while it reached the top-forty in many other countries. The music video for the song contains “L.A.’s Live Remix” instead of the album version, and was filmed at a concert. The song’s instrumental can be heard in the 2006 film, Dreamgirls.

Tupac & Scarface – Smile

“Smile” was the lead single released from Scarface’s fourth album, The Untouchable. It was produced by Scarface, Mike Dean and Tone Capone and featured a last appearance from 2Pac, as well as R&B singer Johnny P. “Smile” was a huge success, becoming Scarface’s biggest charting and most successful single to date, making it to 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was one of the last songs Tupac recorded. A Tupac look-alike was used in the video for the song. On August 8, 1997, the RIAA certified “Smile” Gold, making “Smile” the only Scarface single to achieve a certification. Near the end of the video for “Smile,” Scarface is reciting a poem in memory of 2Pac, who was shot dead in September, 1996. And after Notorious B.I.G.’s violent death in March, Scarface acknowledged his passing as well at the end of the poem, despite not working with the latter rapper in the video right around the time it was first shown.

Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy me “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” was the second single from Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album, What’s Going On. Following the breakthrough of the title track’s success, the song, written solely by Gaye, became one of his most poignant anthems of sorrow regarding the environment. Led by Gaye playing piano, strings conducted by Paul Riser, multi-tracking vocals from Gaye, the instrumentals provided by The Funk Brothers and a leading sax solo by Wild Bill Moore, the song rose to #4 on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart and #1 for two weeks on the R&B singles charts on August 14 through to August 27, 1971.[1]

Zapp – I Can Make You Dance
Zapp III is the third studio album by Ohio P-Funk band Zapp.

Rick James – Hard To Get

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