Fri 22 Jan 2016
Taken from her 2015 album Live, Lalah Hathway shares the video for “Ghetto Boy,” a funky update of her father Donny Hathaway’s 1971 single “Little Ghetto Boy.” The Hakim Franc-directed visual finds Lalah surveying the streets of L.A. with Snoop Dogg riding shotgun.
“Woke up, jumped out my bed,” Snoop begins, borrowing from his verse on Dr. Dre’s 1992 reinterpretation, “Lil’ Ghetto Boy.” However, the Long Beach vet goes on to spit an entirely new verse that speaks more to today’s issues: “CNN, another black brother dead/Feet to the pedal, life don’t matter when you’re born in the ghetto.” The sad thing is, his words would have resonated just as heavily on Dre’s album 24 years ago.
“Ghetto Boy” also features cameos from To Pimp a Butterfly masterminds Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington and Terrace Martin, who produced the track. The single is out now on iTunes.