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Former KFC Employee Shares Hellish 1987 Hip-Hop Training Song

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This week, DJ and mashup mastermind Girl Talk released his latest collection of painstakingly matched samples. Although it was a pleasant surprise to hear the likes of Spacehog, Skee-Lo, and Fugazi, I wouldn't put it past the guy to use the vocal track from Kentucky Friend Chicken's classic 1987 training song "Costs Just a Little, Love 'em a Lot" in a future album. Perhaps with a radio friendly hook by Cheap Trick or Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

Writing for music blog Glorious Noise, Derek Phillips relates his days as a Kentucky Fried Chicken employee in the mid-'80s. The sights, the sounds, the minimum wage. And, of course, the flexi of the corporate training rap issued to him and his coworkers.

Phillips writes:
The flexi they sent us home with became a mix tape staple for me then as it was so ludicrous I had to share it with others, lest they not believe my description of an instructional song done in minstrel-rap style. There’s the awful synthesizer, the deep but non-intimidating voice, the lyrics…God, who can believe the lyrics? Mind you, this was not long after Saturday Night Live’s “White Guy Rap” was the talk of suburban block parties in 1985. In Midwestern suburbia, Rap was mostly considered silly. The onslaught of Gangsta Rappers and Sista Souljah was a few years out. Even though my crew and I would discover NWA the following spring, we were a subset and I was interested in the funny lyrics more than anything else. So yes, Rap was certainly on the radar, especially among young, urban (or wannabe) males, but what possessed Kentucky Fried Chicken to think this was an effective training tool?
While there isn't a music video to accompany the monstrosity like the infamous Wendy's training video, Phillips has uploaded the track in MP3 format.

Girl Talk, get crackin'.
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