For anyone not draped in 90s nostalgia, All That was an all kids sketch comedy show that aired during Nickelodeon’s Saturday night SNICK segment. Each show closed on a musical performance from whatever artist was popular at the time.
Looking back on it, I noticed some of the songs seemed way out of line for a Nick audience. Well, thanks to the internet, I got to revisit the performances and some of the attempts to clean up the songs. Mild hilarity ensues.
The Lox – If You Think I’m Jiggy
It wasn’t enough for
Diddy Puff Daddy to force his street group to be all “Hey baby, get with me cause I got money!” but it had to be marketable to kids for some reason. Sheek tries adding kid references (Nestle Quick style fellas) but it falls apart by Styles’ verse and Jadakiss seemed OK with keeping “pay like you weigh” in.
Also, these kids are the best:
Ma$e - Feels So Good
Mason had no problem shifing away from his gangster persona (see: Reptar Wagon). However, “smoking on drugs” “menages” and “getting head from girls” don’t seem like topics for the G-rated crowd.
Nas - Street Dreams (Remix)
For what it’s worth, it’s the “Hey, dealing drugs ain’t all it’s cracked up be.” remix and not the one with the pink suit. There’s skipping right over catching a case, not skipping over waking up in a dry sweat over a potential hit on your life, and censoring R. Kelly singing “gangsta.” And apparently a hypeman is necessary for the the children.
TLC - Creep
This one is a bit surprising, seeing how they did the show’s theme song as well as a What About Your Friends performance that was pretty tame in the subject matter department. Yet here’s T-Boz justifying to the kids why she creeps around on her man.
Aaliyah - Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number
“Age ain’t nothing but a number. Throwing down ain’t nothing but a thang.”
They change the most blatant portion a bit (tonight we’re gonna, go “around” the way), but Nickelodeon pretty much aired a song about a teen who wants to bang an older gentleman. That doesn’t even take into account that the song was written and produced by R. Kelly, who allegedly has experience with such things.
OutKast - Rosa Parks
No real commentary here, I just enjoy the song. Though Andre does look like a country Fire Mario.
*busts out harmonica solo*
(You might wanna skip about 45 sec past the Kenan and Kel bit.)