Mark Wahlberg’s multi-platinum anthem “Good Vibrations” revisited
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Although Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg has long since traded his rap career for the life of a Hollywood megastar, his number one hit song, “Good Vibrations,” celebrated its 30th anniversary on Friday, July 16, 2021.
In honor of his 30th birthday – and because we all love a bit of nostalgia – the song’s original writer, MC Spice The Legend, released a new version of the song. The latest release features a star lineup, with a production from the Big Rush of Ice Cube camp and Dale ramsey (credits: Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, James Brown and the Temptations), plus a powerful R&B feel-good chorus Phajja, formerly of Warner Brothers.
The reissue of “Good Vibrations” features freshly updated lyrics performed by MC Spice himself. MC Spice the Legend is the first Boston rapper signed to a major (Atlantic / 1986). Not only did Spice write the original recording for “Good Vibrations,” but he also recorded it as an audio guide track for Mark Wahlberg to learn the words and the song’s delivery.
Spice notes that he wrote the original in just fifteen minutes. “This song has always been dear to me,” he says. “I remember writing it in fifteen minutes while driving in the car with Donnie [Wahlberg] at the recording studio.
Spice, a friend of the Wahlbergs, helped Mark Donnie’s brother create the hit songs that led to Mark Wahlberg’s platinum album, Music for the people. MC Spice wrote five songs on the actor’s debut album, including the first two singles, “Good Vibrations” and “Wildside”. Both singles were wildly successful; “Good Vibrations” became Platinum and “Wildside” became Gold.
“I have felt that a lot of people who grew up with ‘Good Vibrations’ are drawn to the contagious and heartwarming hook. In the 30e anniversary version, we’ve given it a whole new sound, and rap is on a different level with a new cadence and flow.
The vibrant voices of the 30th anniversary reissue of “Good Vibrations” come from R&B singers Phajja, also from Boston to Chicago.
“One day, Spice texted me asking what we thought about doing ‘Good Vibrations’ again with him as a rapper. We went to the studio that same night and found the beat and the hook. We felt this song and think it’s a great song for the time, when America is opening up again after the pandemic and families come together and have fun again, ”said Nakia Williams of Phajja .
The 30th anniversary edition of “Good Vibrations” will be available on all digital music stores. A signed CD copy of the song will be available for the first 10,000 purchases of the CD through the label. website. A special 12 inch vinyl record for DJs will also be released. The ultimate flashback: compact discs.
Prior to their “Good Vibrations” fame, MC Spice the Legend made history as the first Boston rap group to perform their song on Rhythm Radio’s Kiss 108FM when they released the track “Don’t Treat Your Girly Like A Dog ”via Atlantic Records.
Since then he has continued to write and produce music for a multitude of artists, including Rikardo Blu, Free (from BET), and has worked on a collaboration with reggae artist Natural Vybz.
MC Spice is currently working on his 40 song rap album, Roxbury, for release in September, via 2626 Entertainment, a label owned by MC Spice and his business partner and real estate mogul Cornell Brown. The long-running album contains 40 songs to commemorate his 40 years in rap.
The title of the album, Roxbury, pays homage to its humble beginnings. The South Carolina-born rapper lived in Roxbury’s Orchard Park housing projects in his early years and grew up in and around Roxbury into his adult life. At 15 he started rapping and since then has written and recorded three to five songs a day.
Now at 54, while other rappers have probably already hung up their mics, MC Spice is speaking out against ageism in rap. He thinks that if his favorite rockers, Aerosmith’s Mick Jagger and Steve Tyler, can still do their thing on stage, so can he.
“Why do we say rappers have to retire early? What prompts us to do this? Spice says he will resume filming after the Sept. 5 release date of Roxbury.
Since the mid-1980s, MC Spice had devoted time to giving back to young people and disadvantaged communities.
“I was Hiphop before I was a rapper,” says MC Spice. “Most people don’t know the difference between rap and hip hop, but rap is something you do, and hip hop is your way of life. In fact, rap (animator) is more of a physical attribute used to promote awareness of the four spiritual principles of hip hop: peace, unity, love, and fun. Therefore, I have always given of my time and talents to uplift our culture and put our culture in a positive light.
This is what we call “good vibrations”!
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