“Can I Get Wit’cha?” by The Notorious B.I.G. (1999)

It’s easy to see why “Can I Get Wit’cha” was released posthumously. The playful vibe didn’t fit either of the albums Biggie released during his lifetime. Contrary to his stories of selling dope or living the big life, “Can I Get Wit’cha” is a slice of life song. It’s a hot-ass summer day in Brooklyn, and B.I.G. is looking to heat things up even more by finding a honey to hook up with. The references Biggie mentions in the song date it as being recorded at some point in 1993-Silk’s “Freak Me”, 2Pac’s “I Get Around” (clearly recorded before the two had beef), Michael Bivins. The older I get, the more wistful and nostalgic the song gets.

And there’s a kick-ass sample of Bell & James’ disco-era hit “Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)” that fits the narrative like a glove. Less central to the song’s narrative is a tacked-on verse from Lil Cease that sounds unnecessary to the song (as well as just plain misogynist and vulgar) and almost caused me to dock the song a star.  If Biggie was alive when this song was released, I’m sure he would’ve had that verse re-recorded or removed (or he would’ve just written Cease’s lyrics himself.)

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