Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta

Album: Uncut Dope (1992)


  • In spite of its de rigueur profanity and of course its use of the dreaded N word, this laid back hip hop cum rap track is both surprisingly thoughtful, and head and shoulders above the run of the mill, puerile garbage churned out by certain rap artists. The key lies in the last verse; having already been told that "gangsta-ass niggas come in all shapes and colors", the biggest gangsta of all is introduced, the one who is sitting in the White House, who at this time was George Bush Senior. One member of the band, Bushwick Bill, was born in Jamaica, and as said nation is alluded to in the song, the obvious inference is that it is in part autobiographical.
  • Two versions were released on a four track promo single in 1992: the Club Edit which runs to 5 minutes 15 seconds, and the Radio Edit which is 5 minutes 14 seconds. The other two tracks are "The Unseen" and "Scarface". "...Gangsta" was also covered by the White C&W artist Carter Falco, which shows somebody appreciated it, if not the record buying public. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2
  • This was featured in the 1999 movie Office Space, where it was used in a scene where Peter willfully and flagrantly breaches office etiquette.


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