Released in 1985 by Philadelphia rapper Schoolly D on his independent label Schoolly D Records. P.S.K. is the abbreviation for Park Side Killas, a street gang with which Schoolly D was affiliated. The highly influential song is considered the first hardcore rap song and features incidents of graphic sex, gunplay and drug references.
It would be critical to the rise of West Coast gangsta rap when the street hustler, gang member and upcoming rapper by the name of Ice-T released his hardcore anthem "6 in the Mornin'" that he has said in interviews was written after he heard Schoolly D's "P.S.K." Eazy-E's first song "Boyz-N-The-Hood is also heavily influenced by "P.S.K." Another fan of the song is musician Moby and Danny Diablo, who covered it with the Lordz of Brooklyn.
The influential beat was performed on a Roland TR-909 drum machine. It would later be the basis of Siouxsie and the Banshees' song "Kiss Them for Me" and Strike's "I Have Peace" while "Pearl" by Chapterhouse and a remix of "Ain't Nobody Stupid", written by Ne-Yo, amongst other acts also used it. The Notorious B.I.G. included it on "B.I.G. Interlude", as does DJ Khaled for the song "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" featuring Mary J. Blige, Fabolous and Jadakiss from Khaled's 2011 studio album We the Best Forever. Eminem also samples it on his song "So Far..." from The Marshall Mathers LP 2. This song has been sampled by The Prodigy on three occasions. It was first used on the song "Rock 'N' Roll", which later became "You'll Be Under My Wheels". They used it a second time in the song "Lyrical Terrorist", which later became "Serial Thrilla". They used it a third time on the album The Day Is My Enemy. Released in a outer polythene sleeve with yellow & black info/hype sticker stating: "THE CLASSIC SCHOOLLY-D 12" SINGLE" and a Record Store Day Black Friday sticker with release date. Die-cut rear sleeve. Includes Bonus 4-Page Liner Notes + Sticker Sheet.
Pressed for the 30th Anniversary in 2015.
P.S.K.-What Does It Mean?
Label: Get on Down
Catalogue Number: GET 51314-12