Say No Go

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"Say No Go"
Say No Go.jpg
Single by De La Soul
from the album 3 Feet High and Rising
Released 1989
Format CD single
12" single
Recorded 1988
Genre Alternative hip hop
Golden age hip hop
Length 4:21
Label Tommy Boy
Writer(s) P. Huston, K. Mercer, D. Jolicoeur, V. Mason, P. Wynn and G. Clinton
Producer(s) Prince Paul, De La Soul
De La Soul singles chronology
"Me Myself and I"
"Say No Go"
"The Magic Number"

"Say No Go" is a single by De La Soul from their influential 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising. It reached number 18 in the UK charts. The tune is heavily based on sampling "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" by Hall & Oates.


The song is a cautionary tale about the use of drugs, in particular "base" (otherwise known as crack cocaine); a topic they would tackle on their follow up album, De La Soul Is Dead, albeit from a different perspective, on the song "My Brother's a Basehead".

In the opening line, Posdnuos raps: "Now let's get right on down to the skit / A baby is brought into a world of pits / And if it could've talked that soon / In the delivery room / It would've asked the nurse for a hit".

The song's relevance in 1989, and indeed at present time, was tremendous as it dealt with what had become a new phenomenon in largely urban neighborhoods. This phenomenon later came to be known as the Crack Epidemic.

Other rap artists who rallied against the spread of crack included Public Enemy ("Night Of The Living Baseheads") and Boogie Down Productions.

"Say No Go" was also a popular dance song and the instrumental for the song has been used on TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Say No Go (Say No Dope Mix)" - 6:15
  2. "Say No Go (New Keys Vocal)" - 4:51
  3. "Say No Go (Radio Mix)" - 4:21
  4. "The Mack Daddy on the Left" - 2:33
  5. "Say No Go (New Keys Instrumental)" - 5:01

"Say No Go" includes samples from the following songs:


Chart (1989) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 35
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 32
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 11
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 13
UK Singles Chart 18

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