I was getting a haircut recently and my barber was talking about how excited he was to see New Edition (group was performing in the area). His son (a sophomore in college) remarked, “Dad, you always wanna see those old school performers.” His statement caught my attention because I didn’t consider New Edition to be old school. So I said, “If New Edition is old school, then what are the performers I consider to be old school?”
Him: “Like whom?” ( whom? told you he was in college)
Me: “Well, The Whispers, Stephanie Mills, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Maze, Patti Labelle, Earth, Wind & Fire, Charlie Wilson, just to name a few.”
Him: “Oh, they’re classics.”
Me: “Alright now, MY music is classic music.”
Him: “Yeah, that’s a LOT older than old school.”
Me: “Why, you little…….”
Last week, while doing a remote broadcast, I registered people to win two tickets to the 957 RnB Soul Music Fest, Nov 1st, at the Hampton Coliseum. I was informing them that it would feature performances from The Whispers, Stephanie Mills, Mint Condition….before I could finish, I noticed this blank look on some of their faces (the young people). So I asked, “you’ve heard of The Whispers right?”
Young uns: No
Me: How about Stephanie Mills?
Young uns: Ummmmmm, nope.
Me: Mint Condition?
1 Young un: I think my Momma might know ‘em.
Me: How old are y’all?
Young uns: 20, 19, 21, 23.
Me: Well, have y’all ever heard of Chrisette Michelle?
Young uns: A resounding and unified….. “YES!”
Now, they’re all excited and ready to register to win the tickets. Then a young woman said to me, “Have you ever heard of Chief Keef?
Me: Ain’t that the name of the Washington DC football team mascot?
Her: “Nope, how bout Shaggy?”
Me: “Fo’sho, he works at our sister station ….. Z104.
Her: “What? No sir. (so polite … I loved it) You ever heard of Nappy Roots?”
Me: “Aw your hair doesn’t look that bad, just a little touch up will do.”
Her: (with a deep sigh) “You’re hilarious. Maybe you’ve heard of 50 cent?”
Me: “Word, I’m hip to the hop you don’t stop. I know all about fiddy cent, 2 Chainz, Fat Boys, Kool Mo Dee, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, MC Lyte, Rapper’s Delight….. how it go….hotel, motel, holiday inn…
(It was about that time, I noticed that blank look on her face again)