In 1972, William DeVaughn was government worker who had aspirations of being a musician. He paid a Philadelphia recording company $900 to help him record his single “A Cadillac Don’t Come Easy”. After re-working the lyrics, the title was changed to “Be Thankful for What You Got”, although the line about Cadillac’s still remains in the song. What results is a surprisingly smooth and refreshing song that was recorded by an undiscovered amateur at the time. This song would go on to be featured in many films (Bug ,Be Cool  andLa Mission) and also be sampled by other rap and hip hop artists.
In 1991, Massive Attack released Blue Lines which is widely considered by many to be the first trip hop album and their cover features many of the core elements of this sound that combines hip hop and electronica genres. Massive Attack also changed the song title to “Be Thankful for What You’ve Got” and misinterpreted one of the original lines of the song where DeVaughn sings:
Diamond in the back, sunroof top Diggin’ the scene With a gangsta lean
Perhaps because there are numerous references to a car throughout the song, Massive Attack instead sang it as:
Diamonds in the back, sunroof top, Diggin the scene With the gasoline