Make your Saturday a Roller Skating Jam with this Hip Hop classic!

By Anton Constantinou 

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What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Saturday? For those of us in a 9-5, it’s usually: kick back and relax and or go out and catch up with friends

Either way, the working week is over. Better still, Saturdays have only get better now that summer is here: you can sit out in the park for hours on end, lay by the pool,  get a tan on; more importantly though, it doesn’t get dark until late.

When it comes to Hip Hop, there have been countless tunes done on summer, but very few, it seems in celebration of Saturday. Back in 1991 however a certain joint dropped which made Saturday look like the coolest day of the damn week. Yes, you’ve  guessed correctly, it’s that bouncy De La Soul classic, A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturdays”.

Borrowing its title from the roller skate fad of the 70’s, this homage to the weekend asks us to quite literally roll away the strains of work by heading to the nearest park or ice rink with friends and loved ones.  For one day only we’re encouraged to act the fool in the silliest way imaginable.

Leading the track are De La front men Kelvin Mercer and David Jude Jolicoeur, with support on board from Q Tip (A Tribe Called Quest/ Native Tongues Posse)  and RnB Singer, Vinia Mojica.  Essentially a Native Tongues Posse collaboration, it packs positive energy from start to finish, carrying over the D.A.I.S.Y age spirit from De La Soul’s earlier work, 3 Feet High and Rising (1989). Sound wise, it’s a fusion of funk, soul, disco and jazz- believe it or it actually samples Grease!

This song is to Hip Hop what Saturday Night is to Whigfield. As good as it is though, it’s the music video which brings it to life! Between the tracking shots at foot level, sun glare, and fluorescent clothing, a strong impression of skating in summer is given.  But don’t take our word for it, check it for yourself:

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