Sylvia Striplin’s Can’t Turn Me Away has been a staple in the category of “Hip Hop Breaks” ever since Biggie Smalls and Lil Kim blessed the beat by making their classic hit Get Money. In 2010, Erykah Badu recorded a hybrid of sorts, by covering the original Sylvia Striplin version, while adding elements of the Biggie and Kim version. What’s the significance of this song? It was produced by the legend himself, Roy Ayers.
During the early 80’s, a lot of what Roy Ayers was recording on the production side of things was uptempo, funky disco, so Can’t Turn Me Away can almost be considered a ballad of sorts. The signature pop of the guitar, and the light adlibs of Ms. Striplin is all it took to make her 80’s song a staple in Hip Hop in the mid-90’s and now it is reborn again in a new form by Ms. Erykah Badu.