“One Night” by Molina of SOULAJU w/ DJ Icewater (2010)
I recently heard an Rnb/Soul artist say that “Country is the only genre that still allows you to tell stories.” I’m assuming he was speaking about pop music.
Hip-Hop emcees are among the most skilled storytellers on the planet.
This story was inspired by various stories. Some mine, some not. Some imagined.
I was listening to this instrumental on loop in Portland, Oregon in October 2008. The first version came en route to San Francisco. I revised my rhymes a few months later in Southern Colorado when I was preparing to record in December.
Sex and sexuality are such huge elements of our lives as human beings. But from a young age we’re taught to fear sexuality, be ashamed of it, repress it. Hide from it. No wonder it manifests itself in ugly ways.
When it comes to sexuality, there are two basic trains of thought in American mainstream culture: It’s either 1) Love, commitment forever and marriage, or 2) Hit it and quit it. Sexual language is violent and disrespectful. Sex is a battlefield. Women face the dichotomy of choosing to be either a virgin or a whore.
The grey area in-between is where you find the beauty of human sexuality.
I sought to write a fun song celebrating sexuality in the moment. Just a little something to make people smile and reminisce on those moments that meant everything with a partner, regardless of where it was or wasn’t headed in the long run.