BLOG: Remember Da Bush Babees?

I woke up this morning with a song in my head—actually, to be more specific, I woke up with a line from a song in my head. Anyone recall a Brooklyn rap/reggae trio called Da Bush Babees? The group featured two rappers (Babe-Face Kaos and Mister Man) and a reggae singer (Y-Tee). They had a few hits in the mid-90s, including “We Run Things (It’s Like Dat),” “Remember We” and “The Love Song” featuring Mos Def. Well, the second song is the one that’s stuck in my head right now.

“Remember We” was about how people change and switch up how they treat people once they get famous. Each of the three artists spoke on their own experiences with pre-hater haters (meaning before whoever it was that made the term hater came up with it), but Mister Man’s verse always stuck out to me. I loved it when he said, “Back in the past, I used to be the wack ass/But now who’s the jackass, kissing my black ass/Girls never kissed me, always tried to dis me/But now it’s like if the whole world is hangin’ with me… I used to get rejected, neglected and dejected/Disrespected, treated like I was infected/But straight from the Black-a-lack comes the acrobat/And you was saying that I would never be phat—remember that?”

Now I’m not saying that’s how I feel now or right at this moment, but I definitely felt Mister Man on where he was coming from on this record. I was the ugly duckling, the chubby kid (for a year at least) with the S Curl and high waters in elementary and the kid with the zeked haircuts in freshman year of high school. So I understand what it’s like to get “rejected, neglected and dejected—disrespected, treated like I was infected,” but that was then this is now. Not saying I’m a swan or anything like that (pause), but those days are thankfully gone.

I have no idea why that song or that particular rhyme is in my head right now, because I feel pretty good today. I guess this is where I’m supposed to flip all of this into some kinda message about how you shouldn’t worry about haters—present or pre-hater haters—because that only means you’re doing something right to warrant all that attention. Or, say how kids (and some adults) are cruel and don’t realize how they can scar people emotionally. But I don’t think I have to say any of that because success is the best form of revenge. Besides I’d much rather just watch the videos below and be like, yeah, I remember that.



VIDEO BONUS: “We Run Things (It’s Like Dat)”

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    EXACTLY!!! no comments… who gives a fuck…..?

    • NWSO

      Exactly what?

      And when no one “gives a fuck” about classic era hip-hop that’s when we have a problem. Besides, I woke up with the song in MY head. Am I supposed to wake up and think, Hmmm, what song would Southside A-Town be thinking about right now…?

      Now that would be ghey, so i’ll stick to my own morning soundtracks

  • Matt Herbz

    I, uh, remember…that song “Remember We.” Props to that White Nigga on the hook. I can’t say that I remember the other track, but both got that early 90′s vibe that make a nigga feel like he could live forever in the city or some shit. Cool.

    –Matt Herbz–

  • NwSO

    Y-Tee wasn’t white, just hella light skinned LOL

    And you don’t remember We Run Things????? That was their biggest hit. Damn homie…

  • capcobra

    i remember these dudes…they was actually aight…hip hop just switched over by the time the 2nd cd dropped…shit…i still got they first few singles….they give mos def his first shine on that love joint?…if not his first then one of his earliest….on some real shit tho’ need to remind niguz of who n what was hot before biggie…..cause before ready to die dropped niguz was on that jeru n on that main ingredient n group home n a million other artists as well….i call it before biggie n after biggie….you should make these kinda post weekly if not daily….i can give a loooooooong list of artists that niguz overlook from the 80′s n 90′s….lol


    To add some more info on them dudes: Jermaine Dupree produced a track or 2 on they first joint along with Ali Shaheed from ATCQ. They was in Da Brat’s Funkdafied video wit Biggie etc. Matter of fact I think Mista Mann produced a well known song not too long ago can’t remember the name.


    I remember them and own the first album because this broad I was banging in college gave it to me cause she knew I dug lyrical hip-hop. I enjoyed them they were a part of that pre shiney suit rap phase. This was when hiphop was rocking Timbos and hoodies and cat’s like this would make them R&Bish videos with the feel good hooks. Good Stuff Nostalgia

  • Worley

    “Truth must get spreaded and lies must get deaded.”

    We said that sh*t like crazy in high school. Classic material. Thanks for the memory.

  • Rocco907

    i was just listening to “we run things,” last night. after the bush babies, mister man was on a few joints with talib kweli and mos def, most notibly, “foritified live,” where he ripped it.

  • El Tico Loco

    Wow ‘Remember We’ I guess we forgot. They weren’t even mentioned in “Where are they now” not even the remix.


    I was 2 yung 2 evn remember any of dem tracks. but dats was real hip-hop sposed 2 be like.

    dat light skinned guys jamaican accent sound fake lyk he puttin it on. dat babyface kaos guy look so fukin yung doe.

  • DV8

    pay attention young heads this is some of that real hiphop your older brothers and cousins be talking about.

  • louie mo

    man this takes me back ……….. if i still had a vcr i would watch all them old rap city top 10 countdowns and shows ……….. i think i still might have that final show of yo mtv raps……….

  • amar

    so weird to look back @ 90′s fashion and think about how whack it was, even though at that time it was so cool lol…um…namely…the fucking goggles….


    ^^^^As if niggas wit tight pants and a scarf is any better? SMH^^^^

  • Steph

    they were the shit, and their albums are still the shit when I listen to them now…….no further comment needed.

    • Leemajors

      thanks Steph, good look on the props!
      Leemajors: Bush Babees

  • J-Lajikal

    I got both of there albums…”Ambushed” and “Gravity”. I fucked wit em mos definetly. Y-Tee was usin that Supercat style way before Sean Paul came out too.

  • joints

    the entire internet just got gayer because of this post