Keep It Funky (Oh No Ah​-​Ah)

by EJ von LYRIK x Benbo

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Cape Town’s EJ von LYRIK, once hailed by Public Enemy’s Chuck D as in the 'top five of all time female Emcees ever,' is about to punch a hole in her one-way ticket to the Netherlands – but not before she lights a fire under the South African summer with Friday night party anthem ‘Keep It Funky (Oh No Ah-Ah)’.

The flames have been kindling since December 2013, when EJ's lead vocal landed in the inbox of London-based collaborator extraordinaire Benbo.

Itchy fingers and a healthy disregard for genre confines had already taken Benbo on a virtual round-the-world journey with music-makers from Melbourne to Cologne, Dubai to Detroit – while in Cape Town the equally maverick EJ, fresh from another massive guest spot with the double SAMA-nominated Mix N Blend, had launched her second solo album.

Connecting through Benbo’s support for it on his radio show, the two began shooting ideas back and forth over SoundCloud, till EJ heard the original beat for ‘Keep It Funky’ (snappily-titled ’52-65-03’) and sped into her studio to lay down the beat-perfect rap and insanely catchy chorus.

So why the three-year delay to finish the track? Well – both collaborators being expert knob twiddlers, there was a LOT of tuning to do to get in shape for take-off. But with a nu-disco polish from enigmatic Brit ex-pat Pan Electric, a funked up block-rocking rework by Do Work Records’s fellow Capetonian RVWR, and a belter of a deep house remix by the golden flip-flopped Benbo, this jet-powered bird is finally ready to fly. To the runway...

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released November 7, 2016

Written, produced, performed & recorded by EJ Von Lyrik & Benbo in Cape Town and London, except:

'Pan Electric Radio Mix' additional composition, production, recording & performance by Matt Coldrick in Melbourne
'RVWR Remix' additional composition, production, recording & performance by Lemuel Witbooi in Cape Town.

Published by Pink Lizard Music Limited for the world, except 'RVWR Remix' published by Pink Lizard Music Limited/Copyright Control.

Mastered by Bob Macciochi at SC Mastering.
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Track Name: Keep It Funky (Oh No Ah-Ah) (Pan Electric Radio Mix)
Just keep it funky
Just keep it funky
Just keep it funky

Ain’t nobody gonna make you stressed tonight
Come on

Woo!

Why you standing over there
With a look on your face of pure despair?
Yeah I know it’s not fair
Don’t you know
It happens to everybody
Pick yourself up and dance my darling
Don’t you know
It happens to everybody
Pick yourself up and dance my darling
Yeah!

Ain’t nobody care where the hell you are coming from
Just keep it funky
Yeah
Ain't nobody gonna get upset over here we won’t
Oh no ah-ah Ooh (X2)

Yo!
Mr DJ drop it
Let us rock it
Like a hammerhead cocking
shocking 'em, popping & locking 'em, blocking & knocking 'em,
killing all the birds mocking
Now we’re coming at ya at warp speed
Never letting up till the floor bleed
Follow my lead as I proceed with a dope beat from nobody but the
Ha ha ha ha
Yo,
Step on up, let me see what you got
Kickin' non stop with a pair of hi tops
We don’t rock until the floor gets hot,
whether you like it or not we only get one shot
Breaking crumping or hip hop
Sneakers skaters or flip flops
Bass bins bumping in the back yard till they call the neighbourhood watch or the cops

Ain’t nobody care where the hell you are coming from
Just keep it funky
Yeah
Ain't nobody gonna get upset over here we won’t
Oh no ah-ah (X4)

(Ain’t nobody)
Ooh
(Oh yeah)

Just keep it funky
Track Name: Keep It Funky (Oh No Ah-Ah) (RVWR Remix)
Ain’t nobody care where the hell you are coming from
Just keep it funky
Yeah
Ain't nobody gonna get upset over here we won’t
Oh no ah-ah, ooh (X2)

Yo!
Mr DJ drop it
Let us rock it
Like a hammerhead cocking
shocking 'em, popping & locking 'em, blocking & knocking 'em,
killing all the birds mocking
Now we’re coming at ya at warp speed
Never letting up till the floor bleed
Follow my lead as I proceed with a dope beat from nobody but the
Ha ha ha ha
Yo,
Step on up, let me see what you got
Kickin' non stop with a pair of hi tops
We don’t rock until the floor gets hot,
whether you like it or not we only get one shot
Breaking crumping or hip hop
Sneakers skaters or flip flops
Bass bins bumping in the back yard till they call the neighbourhood watch or the cops

Ain’t nobody care where the hell you are coming from
Just keep it funky
Yeah
Ain't nobody gonna get upset over here we won’t
Oh no ah-ah, ooh (X2)

Just keep it funky

Ain’t nobody care where the hell you are coming from
Just keep it funky
Yeah
Ain't nobody gonna get upset over here we won’t
Oh no ah-ah, ooh (X2)

Hip hop
Nobody but the
Yo
Body but the
Track Name: Keep It Funky (Oh No Ah-Ah) (Benbo's Deep N Soulful Extended Remix)
Ooh ooh ooh
Just keep it funky
Yeah hey
Just keep it funky
Woah yeah
Oooh
Just keep it funky

Ain’t nobody care where the hell you are coming from
Just keep it funky
Yeah
Ain't nobody gonna get upset over here we won’t
Oh no ah-ah, ooh (X2)

Woo!

Why you standing over there
With a look on your face of pure despair?
Yeah I know it’s not fair
Don’t you know
It happens to everybody
Pick yourself up and dance my darling
Don’t you know
It happens to everybody
Pick yourself up and dance my darling
Yeah!

Ain’t nobody care where the hell you are coming from
Just keep it funky
Yeah
Ain't nobody gonna get upset over here we won’t
Oh no ah-ah Ooh (X2)

Yo!
Mr DJ drop it
Let us rock it
Like a hammerhead cocking
shocking 'em, popping & locking 'em, blocking & knocking 'em,
killing all the birds mocking
Now we’re coming at ya at warp speed
Never letting up till the floor bleed
Follow my lead as I proceed with a dope beat from nobody but the
Ha ha ha ha
Yo,
Step on up, let me see what you got
Kickin' non stop with a pair of hi tops
We don’t rock until the floor gets hot,
whether you like it or not we only get one shot
Breaking crumping or hip hop
Sneakers skaters or flip flops
Bass bins bumping in the back yard till they call the neighbourhood watch or the cops

Ain’t nobody care where the hell you are coming from
Just keep it funky
Yeah
Ain't nobody gonna get upset over here we won’t
Oh no ah-ah (X4)

(Ain’t nobody)
Ooh
(Oh yeah)

Just keep it funky

No stress, no pressure
Come on
That's right
Woo
One shot
Hip hop
Flip flop
Come on come on