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Let a Woman Be a Woman - Dyke & The Blazers

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Legbamel Not-Pop

A while ago I posted about Apache and touted it as one of the most sampled songs in hip hop and rap. Today I was alerted to Let a Woman Be a Woman, Let a Man Be a Man which provided not only the funky break of How You Like Me Now but a little piece of Beck's Jack-Ass (which I don't really hear in the song) and Above the Law's seminal rap Menace to Society (which I could hear even in the thirty-second preview I found), if the lawsuits filed last year are to be believed.

Now, Let a Woman Be a Woman happens to be a fantastic song in its own right. Apparently the folks who ended up with rights to it heard How You Like Me Now in a Kia commercial (see? selling out is bad for you!) and recognized it as will you if you listen to the whole song. So thrilled with their suit of the car company, CBS, the NFL, and others having resulted in what was no doubt a fat settlement Drive-In Music Company scouted around for other people to challenge. Apparently they've found a slew of alleged instances and are in the process of suing everyone, their brother, and their dogs.

Whether or not they win, take undisclosed settlements, or get booted out of court I can't help but think that it's a great thing to bring such fabulous funk before the public ear again. And thanks to Music Registry for tweeting this article and bringing it to me. How long do you suppose it will be before the company finishes suing people and releases a box set from Dyke & The Blazers?

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