Soopa Starr’s Blaxploitation Friday: Cooley High

blame it on Meka December 5, 2008

This isn’t even a movie than it is a genre-changing classic. This should definitely be in everybody’s video stash. And as always, if you’re digging this, hit up Gangstarr Girl for a fresh take on hip-hop, politics, fashion and other worldly and wordy things through the eyes of a New York-helmed around-the-way girl. Without further adeiu…




The soundtrack features songs by soul legends like Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson,and Lamont Dozier. It inspired Boyz II Men’s 1991 album, CooleyHighHarmony.

Their version of “It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” is a remake of the Freddie Perren original. I couldn’t find the original version but you can catch it at the end of Cooley High (where it gets kinda sad *tear drop*) however, enjoy the Boyz II Men version below: