MC Lyte: “Poor Georgie”

MC LyteFebruary is African American Heritage Month and WERS AT NIGHT is honoring one artist or one song every day this month that helped contribute to social consciousness, political responsibility, or civil rights. At WERS, we believe that these songs are always bigger than just entertainment; music can be used to drive a movement or even motivate a nation.

Today we will be highlighting the song “Georgie Porgie” by MC Lyte.

MC Lyte is a legendary female emcee from Brooklyn, New York. She has been rapping since the 80s and has consistently commanded the respect of fellow emcees and hip-hop fans alike. MC Lyte is famous for songs like “Paper Thing”, “Poor Georgie”, and “Ruffneck” The song I would like to talk about today is “Poor Georgie” aka “Georgie Porgie.”

“Georgie Porgie” was an MC Lyte track that I caught on to late into my musical discovery process. The first time I heard this song it really stuck out to me even though I was about seven or eight years old when it came out. In the song MC Lyte talks about a man named George who approached her at a party and they hit it off automatically. They became romantically involved and George was perfect in her eyes. She goes on to talk about how she was only one of George’s many women but she was fine with it.

The final verse of the song explains her last time seeing Georgie. He usually led a sober life but on that night he was drinking. She confronted George on drinking and he overreacted and left the bar. What she didn’t know was that George just got diagnosed with colon cancer and only had a little time left to live. George ended up crashing into a truck while drunk driving and died that night.

The moral of the song was to live for today. Tomorrow is never promised and MC Lyte gave us that message in a very creative and fun way. MC Lyte is one of the best emcees. This is merely one example of her creative storytelling. Make sure you check out more of her music.

By Malcolm Gray

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