Cameo was a popular funk band in the late ’70s and ’80s.
For this hit they fused their funk background with elements of rap to come up with a song that takes a shot at the direction that some of the rap genre was going.
The phrase Word Up was popular at the time and Cameo developed a character around the saying and wrote the lyrics about what he would say.
In this song the character takes out his frustrations on rappers who delve into psychodrama when they should be creating music you can dance to!
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