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The signs as songs by 27 club musicians/bands
  • Aries: "Purple Haze" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Taurus: "Suite Brasileira" by Alexandre Levy
  • Gemini: "Me and the Devil Blues" by Robert Johnson
  • Cancer: "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones
  • Leo: "Renee" by Lost Boyz
  • Virgo: "Piece of my Heart" by Janis Joplin
  • Libra: "Heart Shaped Box" by Nirvana
  • Scorpio: "Corona" by Minutemen (The Jackass Theme)
  • Sagittarius: "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" by the Doors
  • Capricorn: "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
  • Aquarius: "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen
  • Pieces: "Inertiatic ESP" by The Mars Volta
The Jump Off
Lil' Kim
The Jump Off


(In Which We Cover Covers)

Lil’ Kim (feat. Mr. Cheeks)1 - “The Jump Off”

Lil’ Kim’s 2003 jam “The Jump Off” is the rare rap track that actually features new contributions from the artist it samples. The song’s chorus is fashioned out of the Lost Boyz 1995 hit “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz,”2 and that song’s main MC, Mr. Cheeks, contributes vocals to Kim’s rework of the track. He even gets a feature credit, as you can see above.

What’s interesting about “The Jump Off” is the way that it mirrors the song it samples. It’s not in the sense that the song’s beats, verses, or lyrical themes are similar. In fact, the only lyrical connection (aside from the words in the chorus) is that both of them use metaphors of bees and hives. In the original, Mr. Cheeks says “I got more niggas in my tribe / Than there’s bees in the bee hive,” and in “The Jump Off” Kim refers to herself as a “queen bee” and her crew as “the hive.” Though Kim had been calling herself that since 1998, so it appears to be more of a coincidence than an actual line-flip or reference. 

The mirroring I am referring to is, instead, in how the vocalists on each track interact with each other. On “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz,” Lost Boyz’ hype man Freaky Tah dances around behind Mr. Cheeks, coming in only to punctuate the end of lines or to throw in an ad lib. Then, on “The Jump Off,” Cheeks does the exact same thing, but in the opposite role. As Lil’ Kim delivers her verses, he hangs back popping in every now and then. It’s a very interesting and very successful role shift, as Cheeks helps amp up the energy of the track and solidify its celebratory atmosphere. The fact that Cheeks fills Freaky’s typical role so effectively makes the track a virtual tribute to his now deceased partner and a celebration of the man’s technique.


1. Fun Fact: Gil Scott-Heron is Mr. Cheeks’ uncle???

2. Fun Fact: Freaky Tah (RIP) just hated serial commas. The AP Stylebook was dude’s bible.


All ‘27 Club’ posts seem to be all the same people, so i thought id do a full one. (left to right each row)

Name Date of death, cause of death, occupation, age of death.

Alexandre Levy January 17, 1892. Unknown cause of death, Composer, pianist and conductor, 27 years, 98 days

Louis Chauvin March 26, 1908. Neurosyphilitic sclerosis, Ragtime musician, 27 years, 13 days.

Robert Johnson August 16, 1938. Unknown, but typically attributed to strychnine poisoning, Blues singer and musician who recorded a very influential set of 29 songs.

Nat Jaffe August 5, 1945. Complications from high blood pressure Swing jazz pianist, 27 years, 216 days.

Jesse Belvin, February 6, 1960, Car accident R&B singer, pianist and songwriter 27 years, 53 days.

Rudy Lewis May 20, 1964 Drug overdose Vocalist of the Drifters 27 years, 271 days

Malcolm Hale October 31, 1968. Carbon monoxide poisoning, Original member and lead guitarist of Spanky and Our Gang. 27 years, 166 days.

Dickie Pride, March 26, 1969. Overdose of sleeping pills, Rock and roll singer. 27 years, 156 days.

Brian Jones, July 3, 1969. Drowning[24] (coroner’s report states “death by misadventure”), Rolling Stones founder, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. 27 years, 125 days

Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, September 3, 1970. Barbiturate overdose, possible suicide, Leader, singer and primary composer of Canned Heat. 27 years, 61 days

Jimi Hendrix, September 18, 1970. Asphyxiation, Pioneering electric guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys. 27 years, 295 days.

Janis Joplin, October 4, 1970. Probable heroin overdose, Lead vocalist and songwriter for Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band. 27 years, 258 days.

Arlester “Dyke” Christian, March 13, 1971. Murdered, Frontman, vocalist and bassist of Dyke and the Blazers. 27 years, 273 days.

Jim Morrison, July 3, 1971. Reported as heart failure, Singer, lyricist, and leader of the Doors. 27 years, 207 days.

Linda Jones, March 14, 1972. Complications from diabetes, Soul singer. 27 years, 91 days.

Leslie Harvey, May 3, 1972. Electrocution, Guitarist for Stone the Crows and brother of Alex Harvey. 27 years, 233 days

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, March 8, 1973. Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, Founding member, keyboardist and singer of the Grateful Dead. 27 years, 181 days.

Roger Lee Durham, July 27, 1973. Fell off a horse and died from the injuries, Singer and percussionist of Bloodstone. 27 years, 163 days.

Wallace Yohn, August 12, 1974. Plane crash, Organ player of Chase. 27 years, 212 days.

Dave Alexander, February 10, 1975. Pulmonary edema, Bassist for the Stooges. 27 years, 252 days.

Pete Ham, April 24, 1975. Suicide by hanging, Keyboardist and guitarist, leader of Badfinger. 27 years, 362 days.

Gary Thain, December 8, 1975. Heroin overdose, Former bassist of Uriah Heep and the Keef Hartley Band. 27 years, 207 days.

Cecilia, August 2, 1976. Car accident, Singer. 27 years, 296 days.

Helmut Köllen, May 3, 1977. Carbon monoxide poisoning, Bassist for 1970s prog rock band Triumvirat. 27 years, 62 days.

Chris Bell, December 27, 1978. Car accident, Singer-songwriter and guitarist of power pop band Big Star and solo. 27 years, 349 days.

Jacob Miller, March 23, 1980. Car accident, Reggae artist and lead singer for Inner Circle. 27 years, 324 days.

D. Boon, December 22, 1985. Van accident, Guitarist, lead singer of punk band the Minutemen. 27 years, 266 days

Alexander Bashlachev, February 17, 1988. Fall from a height, probable suicide, Poet, rock musician and songwriter. 27 years, 266 days.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, August 12, 1988. Speedball overdose. Painter and graffiti artist; formed the band Gray. 27 years, 234 days.

Pete de Freitas, June 14, 1989. Motorcycle accident, Drummer for Echo & the Bunnymen. 27 years, 346 days.

Mia Zapata, July 7, 1993. Murdered, Lead singer of the Gits. 27 years, 316 days.

Kurt Cobain, April 5, 1994. Suicide by gunshot, Founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Nirvana. 27 years, 44 days.

Kristen Pfaff, June 16, 1994. Heroin overdose, Bass guitarist for Hole and Janitor Joe. 27 years, 21 days.

Richey Edwards, February 1, 1995. Disappeared; officially presumed dead November 23, 2008. No body has ever been found. Lyricist and guitarist for Manic Street Preachers. 27 years, 41 days.

Fat Pat, February 3, 1998. Murdered, Rapper and member of Screwed Up Click. 27 years, 61 days.

Freaky Tah, March 28, 1999. Murdered, Rapper and member of the hip hop group Lost Boyz. 27 years, 318 days.

Rodrigo Bueno, June 24, 2000. Car accident, Cuarteto singer. 27 years, 31 days.

Sean Patrick McCabe, August 28, 2000. Asphyxiation, Lead singer of Ink & Dagger. 27 years, 289 days.

Maria Serrano Serrano, November 24, 2001. Plane crash, Background singer for Passion Fruit. 27 years, 363 days.

Jeremy Michael Ward, May 25, 2003. Heroin overdose, The Mars Volta and De Facto sound manipulator. 27 years, 20 days.

Bryan Ottoson, April 19, 2005. Prescription drug overdose, Guitarist for American Head Charge. 27 years, 32 days.

Valentín Elizalde, November 26, 2006. Murdered, Mexican banda singer. 27 years, 297 days.

Amy Winehouse, July 23, 2011. Alcohol poisoning, Singer-songwriter. 27 years, 312 days.

Richard Turner, August 11, 2011.Cardiac arrest, Trumpet player, collaborator with Friendly Fires. 27 years, 12 days.