The World Class Wreckin’ Cru
“Cabbage Patch” (4.25MB)
7th grade, Alameda, CA, 1st dance attended at my new middle school
This song comes on with some dudes rappin’ about how we could all do a dance called ‘The Cabbage Patch’. I ask a girl next to me what is ‘The Cabbage Patch’? She looks at me like I’m crazy. “Fool…you don’t know howta Cabbage Patch? How you sposed to do the Troop or the Pac-Man if you cain’t Cabbage Patch?” I told her I didn’t know how to do any of those dances either. Incredulous. “The Robocop?” Nope. “The Roger Rabbit?” Uh-uh. “Whatchoo doing at a dance then?” I was beginning to wonder that myself. At my other middle school in Florida they barely even played rap let alone pressured one to learn an entire pantheon of dances to go along with the songs. “Will you show me?” “Shoot…hell yes…,” and she grabbed me by the arm and showed me how to bob my head and thrust my arms and tilt my body to the rhythm…and then she and all her friends laughed at me when I tried to do it – but they laughed in good spirits. I laughed with them. Hey, I didn’t expect to be able to cabbage patch right out the box. The funny thing is – I eventually learned to Cabbage Patch, Troop, Pac-Man and Roger Rabbit but never again went to a dance where people might care.
And here’s a funny thing about The World Class Wreckin’ Cru: the same year that N.W.A. dropped Straight Outta Compton (one of the hardest gangsta rap albums ever committed to wax) The World Class Wreckin’ Cru was topping the pop charts with their single, ‘Turn Off The Lights’ (one of the cheesiest songs about seducing a lady ever released). What’s so funny about that?
Dr. Dre and DJ Yella were in both groups.
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