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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Ahmad - Back In The Day

Ahmad captured everybody's imagination with his hit "Back in the Day," followed by a self-titled album that gets better with every so-so release that occasionally manages to escape LA these days. His debut single was 1993's "Who Can?" on Motown, but "Back in the Day," released by Warner affiliate Giant Records, was the head-turner. Likely inspired by KAM's "Still Got Love 4 Um," it fit perfectly into a period when rap music, outgrowing its childhood clothes, suddenly began to reminisce about seemingly happier days.

There are three versions of "Back in the Day" on the "Ahmad" CD. They're not radically different, but the one I remember being played on radio and television was the "Remix," its summery Teddy Pendergrass sample creating the perfect soundtrack to Ahmad's trip down memory lane. His songwriting is flawless, from the description of the different stages of childhood to how the song idea is explained in the chorus: "Back in the days when I was young... I'm not a kid anymore, but some days I sit and wish I was a kid again." He even thought of crowd participation, so that you too can join in saying: "I remember way back when." In reality, these days were not that far away for 18 year old Ahmad, but "Back in the Day" was rap's confirmation that kids do indeed grow up fast. "In 7th grade I hated school, wish it had blown up / No doubt, I couldn't wait to get out, and be a grown-up," Ahmad reminisces, but just a few years later he already wallows in nostalgia. Ultimately, "Back in the Days" works so well because Ahmad still is a teenager and remembers these times - as distant as they may seem to him - vividly, now that he faces the responsibilities of an adult. It's a song about growing up, maybe too fast.

Ahmad - Back In The Day


  • At 7:47 AM, Anonymous michael said…

    excellent video, man that took me way back.

  • At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Stoor said…

    tering.. dat is lang geleden

    een van mijn eerste echte echte balsessies was op ahmad

    memorieeesss :)


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