P.S.K. What Does It Mean?

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"P.S.K. What Does It Mean?"
Schoolly D PSK.jpg
Single by Schoolly D
from the album Schoolly D
B-side "Gucci Time"
Released 1985
Format 12"
Recorded 1985
Genre Gangsta rap, Golden age hip hop, hip hop
Length 6:02
Label Schoolly D
Writer(s) J.B. Weaver Jr.
Producer(s) J.B. Weaver Jr.
Schoolly D singles chronology
"Gangster Boogie"
(1984)
"P.S.K. What Does It Mean?"
(1985)
"C.I.A."
(1985)

"P.S.K. What Does It Mean?" (also written as "P.S.K. (What Does It Mean?)") is a song released in 1985 by Philadelphia rapper Schoolly D on his independent label Schoolly D Records. P.S.K. are the initials for Park Side Killas, a street gang with which Schoolly D was affiliated. The highly influential song is considered the first hardcore rap song and features incidents of graphic sex, gunplay, drug references[1] and one of the first uses of the word "nigga" in a rap song (earlier uses include Scoopy Rap and Family Rap in 1979, and New York New York in 1983).

It would be critical to the rise of West Coast gangsta rap when the street hustler, gang member and upcoming rapper by the name of Ice-T released his hardcore anthem "6 in the Mornin'" that he has admitted in interviews was written after he heard Schoolly D's "P.S.K." Eazy-E's first song "Boyz-N-The-Hood is also heavily influenced by "P.S.K." Another fan of the song is musician Moby[2] and Danny Diablo, who covered it with the Lordz of Brooklyn.

The drumbeat of the song was initially available and programmed on every Roland TR-909 keyboard. It would later be the basis of Siouxsie and the Banshees' song "Kiss Them for Me" and Strike's "I Have Peace" while "Pearl" by Chapterhouse and a remix of "Ain't Nobody Stupid", written by Ne-Yo, amongst other acts also used it. American rapper The Notorious B.I.G. included it on "B.I.G. Interlude", as does DJ Khaled for the song "It Ain't Over Til It's Over" featuring Mary J. Blige, Fabolous and Jadakiss from Khaled's 2011 studio album We the Best Forever. Eminem also samples it on his song So Far... from The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

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