The El Paso Police Department – Think Twice
How… how is this not an 200,000 Youtube hit played out meme already? Seriously?
I know it’s horrendous form to go with two Youtube posts in a row, but life’s a bitch like that sometimes, and besides, nobody checks blogs in December because they’ve all stockpiled office holiday days that can’t be rolled over to next year.
Anyway, we at ILB have always considered ourselves early adopters of this kinda stuff, and we’d like to give “Think Twice” a little play that it so far hasn’t received, out of the prestigious “El Paso Times” blog. I mean, we’ve already shouted out El Paso’s finest son in our blog logo banner, we’re practically brother-blogs.
So from what we can ascertain, in 1992 El Paso was in the middle of severe gang epidemic and, no doubt buoyed by “Self Destruction” and “We’re All In The Same Gang”, decided that music was the best way to reach these kids’ souls. But whereas those two tracks needed a cast of thousands of the day’s hottest rappers, “Think Twice” needed one man. Greg Brickey.
Slick Brick apparently still works as a police officer, according to this 2003 article about why every family needs a taser in their home, and now operates out of the town of White Settlement.
Anyway, here are ten things to recommend “Think Twice”, and you can probably pass these off as your own ideas when you copy this content to your blog and don’t attribute me.
1. Not a Celine Dion cover
2. Opening pan of the cops, where you get the three-in-a-row shot of the rozzer with the moustache and mirror shades that make him look like a member of Electric 6, the DMC-with-AIDS guy they got to represent “the homies from the hood” and the fat Mexican cop with a bumfluff tache who’s clearly enjoying the b-boy pose a little too much
3. Greg Brickey “ain’t Vanilla Ice, this ain’t not 2 Live Crew”. He’s better than that
4. It’s never really established as to why they call him “Friday”, which to me only goes to add to Greg’s mystique
5. MIDGET FEMALE COP WITH MULLET!
6. “SOUTH SIDE LOCOS! EAST SIDE CRIPS! VARRIO CHICO ESES!” Note the almost Twista-esque rhyming style Brick Ross employs to actually make this scan, especially when he appears to be rapping at… whatever the opposite of double-time is most of the track. Half-time?
7. I will admit my knowledge of early 90s gang wars mainly comes from GTA:San Andreas and the Ruthless discography, but I don’t recall pinstripe being such a popular design pattern for gangbangers?
8. We’re having a bit of a laugh here at Greg’s expense, but there’s no denying he can scrub up well. Take a look at that suit he’s rocking at the funeral. If only he could shave his 13-year-old’s moustache off he’d be laughing.
9. The look of satisfaction on the snitch’s face when he’s counting out his cash reward in full view of the dude he’s just shopped to the police… I’d like to achieve that kind of happiness in my life at some point
10. No, seriously: White Settlement?
(all thanks to deej from So Many Shrimp for finding this video and not writing anything about it before I did)