Dopeman

Album: Losing Streak (1996)

Songfacts®:

  • Less Than Jake frontman Chris Demakes tells us that he doesn't have any experience selling drugs, but he was hooked on the rap group NWA's classic album Straight Outta Compton, which contains a song called "Dopeman." The early days of Less Than Jake, the band would ride around in their van listening to the song, and decided to lift the bass line to rework it into a song of their own. Said Chris: "It was really a tribute to NWA, which sounds really weird, because I wouldn't say they're an influence of ours except for that song."
  • The band made a video for this song that didn't get a lot of airplay at the time, but has become very popular on YouTube. The version used on the video is a remix with more of a rap feel. Says Demakes: "If you listen to the original track on the record, it's still pretty Less Than Jake ska funky. But that was kind of a weird period, too, because that song was not really indicative of what we do. It was kind of a different tune."

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