I have loved hip-hop since I was five. Schooled by my older brother, my infatuation for hip-hop blossomed when Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew’s “The Show” blasted from every boombox, house window, and car radio on my block. Because I came of age in the 90s—the so-called “Golden Era” of rap music—hip-hop has had a special place in my heart (and memory) since I was a little girl. But lately, every time I turn on the radio, I’m left with the same feeling: I’m too old for this sh*t.
Don’t get me wrong, my ipod is still loaded with bass. From classic Dre and Snoop to De La Soul, the Roots, Tribe Called Quest, the Pharcyde, and of course, Nas, my playlist runneth over with hip-hop. But no matter how much I try (or how often they play it), I just can’t get with much of the music that’s popular today.
I know good music—and yes, even good hip-hop—still exists, but artists like the Foreign Exchange, Illa J, Jay Electronica, Murs and others rarely garner spins on the radio. So I’m left to my ipod and Pandora playlists to fill in the gaps and help me get that old feeling back, ‘cuz the stuff being played today just doesn’t do it for me.
What do you think? Am I just too *ehem* mature to connect with what’s hot on urban radio today or is the quality of what gets played the problem? Sound off!