The Roots - You Got Me feat. Erykah Badu & Eve (Things Fall Apart, 1999)
"You Got Me" is a song by the hip hop band The Roots, featuring vocals by Erykah Badu (who sings the chorus) and Eve, then known as Eve of Destruction, who raps the second verse but does not appear in the music video. She is often thought to be the female that Black Thought lays next to on the concrete at the end, but was merely just a resembling female. The track was released as a single from the band’s fourth studio album, Things Fall Apart (1999).
"You Got Me" was co-written by musician Jill Scott, who recorded vocals for the song’s chorus and bridge. Her part was subsequently re-recorded by Badu at the insistence of MCA Records, who wanted a higher-profile collaboration for the album’s official lead single (at the time, Scott was relatively unknown outside of Philadelphia). When the group later went on tour, Scott joined them during performances of the song. The original version was later released on the 2005 compilation Home Grown! The Beginners Guide to Understanding the Roots, Volume One.
The song garnered The Roots and Badu a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2000.
HAPPY 42nd BIRTHDAY BLACK THOUGHT!
If we as Black people are only proficient and knowledgeable in the ways of White people, then every thought, avenue, and recourse we take will only reinforce the system that is already in place. It is only when we learn the things outside of their approved and accepted matrices…
If this video back in like 2000 did not make you want to trick out a Winnebago and drive through the streets of Philly while watching Nutty Professor…
The sentiment was the truest. Im not trying to pressure you, I just want to know your name and maybe we can get some coffee or sumn. Like, we can REALLY just be in each other’s presence without you worrying about me trying to get in that skirt.
And yes, I had those chocolate Tims. My senior year I thought I was the ever loving neo-soul/wu-tang shit. Wearing all the brown and earth tones I could get my hands on.
I still LOVE this song. Can’t believe I was in elementary school back then.
Just made me feel mad old. :(
I put the lol on the end of that, but I really walked into the bathroom and looked into the mirror like… “You’re not that old bruh”