Buddy (De La Soul song)

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Single by De La Soul featuring Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Queen Latifah, Monie Love and Jungle Brothers
from the album 3 Feet High and Rising
Released 1989
Format CD single
12" single
Recorded 1988
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 4:54
Label Tommy Boy
Songwriter(s) P. Huston, K. Mercer, D. Jolicoeur, V. Mason
Producer(s) Prince Paul, De La Soul
De La Soul singles chronology
"Plug Tunin'"
"Eye Know"
"Plug Tunin'"
"Eye Know"
Q-Tip singles chronology
(1989) Buddy1989
"One Love"
(1994) One Love1994
Queen Latifah singles chronology
(1989) Buddy1989
"Just Another Day..."
(1993) Just Another Day...1993
Monie Love singles chronology
"I Can Do This"
(1988) I Can Do This1988
(1989) Buddy1989
"It's a Shame (My Sister)"
(1990) It's a Shame (My Sister)1990
Jungle Brothers singles chronology
"Because I Got It Like That"
(1988) Because I Got It Like That1988
(1989) Buddy1989
"What 'U' Waitin' '4'?"
(1990) What 'U' Waitin' '4'?1990

"Buddy" is the third single released by De La Soul from their album 3 Feet High and Rising.

The song is often cited as an example of an effective remix[by whom?]; one that includes a change of song lyrics or beat. In this case, both the original song's lyrics and the musical bed received a make over. With its Taana Gardner sampling bassline, the 7 minute 12" version was clearly tailor-made for dancefloors[according to whom?] and provided a striking contrast to the laid back album version.

The song was also famous for featuring the major members of the Native Tongues posse, including Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah and Monie Love. While Phife Dawg appears in the video itself and is heard in the extended mix, the mix in the video eliminates his entire verse.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Buddy" is introduced by Prince Paul who explains, "'Buddy' doesn't mean 'girl' or 'sex' for that matter, 'buddy' simply means 'body', bodies of all kind." While the majority of the video consists of the members of the Native Tongues posse performing straight to camera, this is interspersed with brief segments of black-and-white footage, one of which featuring a speech balloon that remarks "this video makes no sense!"

Along with those who appeared in the song, the video also featured a cameo from rapper Chi-Ali.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Buddy (Native Tongue Decision)" - 7:17
  2. "Buddy (Native Tongue Decision Instrumental)" - 5:50
  3. "Ghetto Thang (Vocal)" - 3:45
  4. "Ghetto Thang (Ghetto Ximer)" - 3:55
  5. "Buddy (Vocal)" - 4:58
    • Guest Appearances: Q-Tip, Jungle Brothers
  6. "Ghetto Thang (Ghetto Ximer Instrumental)" - 3:47


Chart (1990) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 181
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 271
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 11
UK Singles Chart 7

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