I’ve been hearing this line in a lot of hip-hop songs: “One for the treble, two for the time” or “One for the treble, two for the bass” or some variation. I wanted to find out what everybody’s quoting. After some internet detective work, here’s what I’ve got.
One for the money, two for the show
Three to get ready, now go, cat, go
You say one for the treble, two for the time
Come on y’all, let’s rock the [whistle]
Spoonie’s Rap inspired some other early hip-hop artists. Two years later, Grandmaster Flash opened “The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel” with a scratch of Spoonie G. West Street Mob starts “Break Dance Electric Boogie” with Spoonie too, though they interject a word of their own — “You say a-one for the treble, two for the time, come on y’all, let’s BREAK DANCE” (said in vocoded robot voice.)
Other songs that quote or reference “Spoonie’s Rap:”
- Kurtis Blow – “Under Fire“
- Common – “Food For Funk” (not on Youtube, sadly)
- DJ Khaled ft. Ja Rule, Fat Joe & Jadakiss – “New York Is Back” — combines Spoonie G with Carl Perkins, “One for the treble, two for the show.”
One for the treble, two for the bass
Come on Davy D, let’s rock this place
Other people quoting Davy DMX:
- Brand Nubian – “Steal Ya Ho“
- Aceyalone – “Treble And Bass“
- Snoop Dogg – “Can I Get A Flicc Witchu“
- Tech N9ne – “Bout Ta’ Bubble“
- Sergio Mendes ft. Erykah Badu and Will.i.am – “That Heat“
This couldn’t possibly be all the instances of this meme out there. If there are more interesting ones, let me know.
Update: hear a Spotify playlist with most of the songs mentioned here, and in the comments.