Retarded - good

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 14 17:53:43 UTC 2011

A New York Times article mentioned a single with a side titled "Get
Retarded". An article in Vibe stated that the record was released in
1987. A version of the lyrics are available at the archive Ohhla.
YouTube has an audio track. (Links below.)

Cite: 1995 January 29, New York Times, Icon of Rap World at Home on
the South Shore by Anita M. Samuels, New York. ( online New
York Times database; Accessed 2011 December 14)
Short link:

[Begin excerpt]
At 17, Mr. Mack had a single, "Get Retarded/Just Rhymin," as part of
the M.C. Ez & Troup, on Sleeping Bag Records. That gained a bit of
money and fame, but it was short lived.
[End excerpt]

Cite: 1995 February, Vibe, Mack Daddy, Start Page 50, Quote Page 51,
Publisher John Rollins, New York. (Google Books full view)

[Begin excerpt]
At 17, Craig achieved local notoriety as MC Ez with the 1987 single
"Get Retarded/Just Rhymin." But his label, Sleeping Bag Records,
folded, and Craig found himself back at square one.
[End excerpt]

YouTube audio for "Get Retarded"
MC EZ & Troup - Get Retarded

Ohhla lyrics for "Get Retarded": The phrase appears several times in the song.

[Begin excerpt]
Artist: MC EZ & Troup
Album:  Ego Trip * The Big Playback
Song:   Get Retarded
Typed by: OHHLA Webmaster DJ Flash

        ..* Ego Trip's "Book of Rap Lists"; p. 30 *..

{EDITOR'S NOTE: MC EZ is better known as "Craig Mack"}

Once again, on the B-side, is the most delightful sounds
of Diamond J EZ -- yo, so funky, so so funky
Yo so smart.. I get retarded
[End excerpt]

On Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM, Ben Zimmer
<bgzimmer at> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: Retarded - good
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> On Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 6:59 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
>> 4. According to, Missy Elliot's [sic: Elliott's]
>> lyrics of "1, 2 Step" have the word "retarded" meaning "great" [...]
> "1, 2 Step" was by Ciara, featuring Missy Elliott, and the "retarded"
> line ("So retarded, top charted, ever since the day I started") is
> sung by Ciara. That song came out in 2004 -- a year before that, the
> song "Let's Get Retarded" was first released on the Black Eyed Peas
> album "Elephunk." When it was released as a single, it was changed to
> the far more marketable "Let's Get It Started."
> --bgz
> --
> Ben Zimmer
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