Toppa Top 10: Ten Essential Ninjaman Tunes

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April 11, 2012


4. โ€œNumber One (Test the High Power)โ€
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Lyrically, “Number One” is total chaos, the majority of the song given over to a crazed, million-thoughts-per-minute, stream-of-consciousness rant the finer points of which are decipherable only to tenured scholars of the soundclash. But it’s precisely this chaos that gives the song it’s appealโ€”regardless of how much or how little you can understand of what he’s saying, the creativity of it all is blatantly apparent. Just ask Method Manโ€”the Wu-Tang rapper co-opted Ninja’s lyrics (“When I was a likkle stereo, I listen to some champions/I always wondahhh/When I will be the No. 1/Now you listen to di Gorgon/And di Gorgon sound ah reign/And any jump and come test mi/Mi ah go lick out dem brains”) for his classic “Bring the Pain.”