"People of the world today
Are we looking for a better way of life?
We are a part of the rhythm nation." -- Janet Jackson
(That's super fashionable Becky at age 8 or 9 on the left; my niece's mother/my sister on the right)
My oldest niece has been staying with me for the last week or so. She's 15, and has stayed with me at some point nearly every summer since she was just 9 years old. I love her to pieces, and can't believe this mature, smart young lady is nearly an adult already! Why do I mention her visit? Because, like most teenagers, she has a tendency to make me feel old. I mean, REALLY old. When the BET Awards were on last week, she couldn't understand why I was so excited to see Smokey Robinson sing. Who the heck was Puff Daddy? And why should she care about Janet Jackson? O-M-G!!!
I quickly schooled her on all things Bad Boy Entertainment (seriously... she didn't even know Biggie?), and made her listen to six songs in a row from the honorable Janet... Miss Jackson if you're nasty. It simply never occurred to me that this 15 year old child had never been introduced to these musicians. She likes Michael Jackson - how could she not know he had a famous sister? It was then that I remembered what year she was born. This child was born in a completely different millennia than me - how could I expect her to know the music of my teenage years? Omg... I'm totally sounding like my mother...
Anyway, this discussion of Janet Jackson, Bad Boy Entertainment, and the other hip hop and R&B music of my junior high and high school years (yes, I'm freaking old... I thought we established that?) led me to come up with a throwback playlist for this week's Ten Tunes list. So, let's go back... way back... back into time...
- Janet Jackson - "If"
- The Notorious B.I.G. - "Mo Money Mo Problems"
- Will Smith - "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It"
- DMX - "Ruff Ryders' Anthem"
- Beastie Boys - "Intergalactic"
- Salt-N-Pepa - "None of Your Business"
- Puff Daddy - "All About the Benjamins" (Rock Remix)
- OutKast - "Rosa Parks"
- Aaliyah - "Try Again"
- Jay-Z - "Can I Get A..."
There are so many other songs I wanted to include on this list. Maybe I'll do another throwback list sometime in the near future? Are there songs from 1993ish - 1998ish that you though I should have included? I'm quickly adding these to my gym playlist for July (although I have to admit Salt-N-Peppa, Janet Jackson, and OutKast are already there). We'll see you next Tuesday as I share more of my favorite gym tunes with you! Hope you have a fun, fit week!