A: The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)
B. The Choice Is Yours
The Choice is Yours is one of the most celebrated 12” releases of the early 1990s. The story of why is told on this 7” – the first official release on this format (and, technically, the first UK release in any format except as a B-side).
The original version, here on the flip, is a fine track in its own right and is the version you’ll find on the seminal ‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ album. Built around elements from Johnny Hammond’s oft-sampled ‘Big Sur Suite’ from 1974 and incorporating snatches from Iron Butterfly and the Bar-Kays, it’s a truly original, witty track that showcases Dres’ deft wordplay and the group’s way with a hummable hook.
However, what made the song legendary was the reworked version called ‘The Choice is Yours (Revisited)’, here on the A-side. It more or less rebuilds the track from the foundations and, accompanied by an iconic and acclaimed video, is for many the definitive version.
It’s the soundtrack to many a hyped club night, a track that could ignite the audience in the same way that Onyx’s ‘Slam’ would a couple of years later. It weaves together vocal stabs from Sweet Linda Divine with a propulsive bassline from McCoy Tyner that seems like a significant step forward in the jazz-sampling era of hip- hop. Widely quoted, referenced and even covered in music ever since, this is a classic that punches well above its weight.