Monday, April 25, 2011

So today's damn-I'm-getting-old(er) moment came right after I finished my morning swim. I didn't see the lifeguard when I initially got in the pool, but as I got out and dried off, I noticed he was walking around and cleaning up around the pool. I kind of glanced at his t-shirt, then I did a double-take and looked a bit closer, and noticed that his shirt said, "The Infamous Mobb Deep".

Now if I was a different kind of dude, I'd have been simply taken aback by the fact that this guy was white and a Mobb Deep fan, but I'm not that ignorant and that didn't throw me off at all. What DID throw me off however, was the fact that this lifeguard is 20 years old. That means Mobb Deep was in its heyday when he was between 5 and 9 years old--there's no way in the world he was listening to them then. In fact, I was 20 years old and in collee around then, and I was playing the sh*t out of Mobb Deep and loving it..they've fallen off a bit since then, but Prodigy just got out of jail, so I'm sure he'll be releasing something soon. And yes I actually just typed that sentence.

Anyway, before I walked by the lifeguard and headed to the showers, I stupidly asked him if he was a Mobb Deep fan, and he said he was. Then I asked him (the way older people so arrogantly do sometimes) what his favorite Mobb Deep song was and he said Quiet Storm with Lil Kim, and I agreed that was a good song, then he asked me mine and I said "Drink Away the Pain" or "Live N***a Rap" on Nas album (I said "N" word, not nigga). He didn't know either one of those songs (they came out in 1995 and 1996 respectively) and I instantly got a little annoyed that a Mobb Deep fan wouldn't know those songs, but at this point I realized I was coming off like a music snob, so I abruptly cut off the conversation. Plus I felt stupid for actually saying "N" word out loud..I never realized how ignorant the song title, "Live Nigga Rap" was before..again I digress

Before I left he asked me if I heard Prodigy's new song since coming out of jail, and I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. He gave me the name of the song, told me some rapper named Currensy was rapping with him, and that I should check it out. And then magically my age advanced from 36 to 56..because I had no idea who Currensy (I now know that's how its spelled) was, and I had no clue anything new had been released. I just said I would look out for it, and got the hell out of there. So this morning I will play all the Mobb Deep cds released before 2000 to make myself feel better.


Jamal said...

Wow...You are getting old dude..

Jazzbrew said...

...and you just played my favorite Mobb Deep joint. Thank you.

If you feel old I feel ANCIENT. The rare instance I go to parties I have no idea what the hell the DJ is playing.

I'll just stay old and crusty with my jazz records.

maxwellsmusze said...

FYI - I read in yesterday's Post that Prodigy has some tell all book coming out and according to the newspapers scandalous meter it ranked 5 out of 10. Just in case you were wondering how revealing it is.