Playlist of Our Youth
Recently at a BBQ, Ja Rule’s “ Livin’ It Up” up came on. I immediately began to sing along shamelessly, “ to everybody that be livin’ it up, we say…” that I completely missed the blank faces around me. Only when I stopped to have someone fill in the chorus, did I realize that I was one of the few that knew the song.
Oh God. Was this the moment when you realize that you’re on the older side?
Older as in, the music that used to be my jam, is now referred to as “back in the day.” Older as in, Ja Rule was a rapper.
Older as in, they now define an era.
Ja Rule, along with Fat Joe and Nelly mean something. They mean: middle school dances and bar mitzvahs. Dirty grinding and bus rides. It’s what was playing after school by the bleachers, or at the last minute house parties. Songs like “Ride Wit Me” and “Get Low” defined our middle and high school days.
They also have release dates in the early 2000’s. Ludacris’ “ What’s Your Fantasy” came out in 2000, and Jay Z’ s “Hard Knock Life” came out in 1998. I would just like to point out that by early 2000’s — I mean a decade ago.
So, yea, I think we might fall into the “older” side of the spectrum now. But rather than feel bad about it, I’d rather put on a playlist. One that takes me back to my day.
1. Ja Rule “Livin’ It Up”
2. Nelly “Ride Wit Me”
3. Fat Joe Ft. Ashanti “What’s Luv”
4. Jay-Z “I Just Wanna Love You”
5. 112 “Peaches and Cream
6. Sisqo “Thong Song”
7. Ludacris “What’s Your Fantasy”
8. Eve Ft. Gwen Stefani “Let Me Blow Your Mind”
9. Lil Jon & The East Boyz “Get Low”
10. Fabulous Ft. Tamia “So Into You”