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Ahmad

Los Angeles rapper Ahmad Ali Lewis was only 18 when he burst onto the scene in 1994 with the laid-back groove of "Back in the Day." With its images of playground foolery and junior-high discovery, "Back in the Day" depicted Ahmad's South Central neighborhood in an idyllic, wistful light -- a Norman Rockwell painting in rap. In the years after Dr. Dre's G-funk masterpiece The Chronic, West Coast hip-hop found other voices in Ahmad, Montell Jordan, and MC Hammer. Songs like "Back in the Day" and Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" were G-funk lite. They were more about the partying than the thugging, and in doing so tapped into what's always made California pop music successful nationwide -- everyone knows the party's always better out there in the sunshine. The rapper rode "Back in the Day"'s remix -- which was based around a sample of the Teddy Pendergrass hit "Love T.K.O." and produced by Barr 9 Productions and Ahmad -- to the top of the charts, and saw Giant release his self-titled debut in May of 1994. After the remix of "Back in the Day" landed on the soundtrack of the 1999 film The Wood, Ahmad formed the jazz-rap group 4th Avenue Jones and released the albums No Plan B (2002) and Stereo: The Evolution of Hiprocksoul (2005), both on Interscope. Taking a break from music, he returned to college, graduated from Stanford University with a degree in sociology, and worked as a personal development speaker and author. He also became a songwriter, working behind the scenes for artists like LMFAO and Flo Rida, but in 2010 he stepped back out front and issued The Death of Me, his sophomore album and first for the WeClap label. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
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Back in the day.
Good vibe
Takes me way Back!! Man, Born in the 70s Grew up in the 80s and 90s
My hit of my life yo
Good vibr
golden2264
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
Tha shag? The black man's mullet haa ha; I remember that bullshit only style that I could afford back then ;or I should say momma could afford.
is it just me are does the cores sound like childish childish gambino?
jmontone1982
Rear. When a remix and original r as good as each other.brings me back i wa 12 when it droped
sanchaisback 2 0 0 7
Stanford Graduate. Congrats Ahmad!!!!
music that tells story in Paint vivid pictures in a positive light the way rap should be always
beconfident2
this is simply good music takes me back
This reminds me of school. Good times.
davidatapia
weclap.com is where you can find all of Ahmad's stuff since he left Back in The Days....The Death of Me is an amazing hip hop album for true hip hop heads
mepache
He graduated as valedictoria n of Long Beach City College and got his Bachelor's at Stanford and is now working on his master's degree and speaks to students when LBCC takes them on tour of Stanford
mrazmeritsa
I just noticed that he and Left Eye of TLC had the same rap style.
@dahobgob i know ahmad he recently released a new album called the death of me. u shud check out its real good
I remember lunchtime @ pali Ahamad n Will I Am freestyling in one corner ... housedancing in another corner ... and Ms Montes room was the good life b4 the goodlife !!! boom
I had no idea until today we were the same age, but I should have guessed. Whenever i hear this song it's like my own autobiograph y . the remix is especially dope. man what happened, no more albums. I guess Ahmad is way back in the days.
man i love this song... Ahmad & I are the same age & he sure hits on the good 'ol times.

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