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Mind Playing Tricks on Me

"Mind Playing Tricks on Me" was the only number 1 single (chart: Hot Rap Singles) ever released by the Geto Boys. It was featured on their 1991 album We Can't Be Stopped. Bushwick Bill continued on with other records with both a solo career, and later updated records with The Geto Boys. It is the most successful Geto Boys single ever based on its gold certification. It is also on the most successful Geto Boys album based on its platinum certification.

"Mind Playing Tricks on Me" heavily samples Isaac Hayes's song "Hung Up On My Baby" (1974) from the Tough Guys soundtrack.

"Mind Playing Tricks on Me" was rated number 18 in the 100 Greatest Rap Songs by About.com. It was also rated number 82 in VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's

The Kottonmouth Kings remixed the song for their album Hidden Stash II under the same name.

"Mind Playing Tricks on Me" has been referenced by Prodigy, of Mobb Deep fame, in his single, Mac 10 Handle, and by The Clipse, in the song "Nightmares" of their second album, "Hell Hath No Fury."

The Notorious B.I.G. references "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" and sings the guitar line from the song's chorus (originally sampled from an Isaac Hayes song) in his hit "One More Chance."

In the song "She Lives In My Lap" off the highly successful 2003 OutKast album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Andre 3000 samples Scarface's vocals from Mind's Playing Tricks On Me.

In the track "Walk in the Streets" The Game references "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" with the lines; "Must I remind you of that Geto Boy track/ Your mind is playing tricks on you, you'll never go plaque"

Through the use of fantasy sequences, and non linear tracking, the song's essential purpose is to communicate the ennui of the urban Black Community. Particularly the lyrics

"Then he disappeared and my boys disappeared, too/ Then I felt just like a fiend (as in dope fiend)/ It wasn't even close to Halloween/ It was dark as fuck on the streets/ My hands were all bloody, from punchin on the concrete"

Which allude to the ephemeral allegiances and meaningless griefs that characterize street life.

In another light, when the tone of the entire "We Can't Be Stopped" album is taken into consideration, along with all of the lyrics of this song, the actual meaning is more likely derived as the difficulties of being hard (as in gangsta)---seeing only the threats in situations. This seems to be a recurring theme in the Geto Boyz' anthology, as well as the mastermind of the early group, Scarface.

Stephan Jenkins of Alternative rock band Third Eye Blind, said this, along with other rap songs from the early 90s, helped shape Third Eye Blind's hit song Semi-Charmed Life.

Track listing

  1. "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" (Radio Version)
  2. "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" (Dirty Version)
  3. "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" (Club Version)
  4. "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" (Instrumental)

References

Jenkins says this in the pages of 3eB's greatest hits CD, a collection
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