MUSIC: Old School vs. New School

After attending the launch party for Angela Simmons’ new hair extensions line last week, I realized that my music taste is stuck in the past. During the party, I only heard one song (something by Beyoncé) that I knew and could happily hum along to.

Surely, had I stayed longer, familiar “old school” tracks would’ve trickled in between the current hits, but for my duration “new school” tunes dominated the DJ’s playlist.

It seems like I’m becoming one of those people whom I heard growing up saying, “They don’t make good music anymore.” Well, I’m not sure if that’s completely true, but I do know that I have been left out of the popular music scene ever since I moved to New York nearly a decade ago.

Grammy award-winning artist Nicki Minaj

Maybe it’s because I don’t drive here to hear what’s hot on the radio or perhaps it’s due to the fact that I’d much rather listen to more customized music picks from Pandora or Music Choice (Throwback Jamz). Whatever the case, contemporary music has taken a backseat for me.

While my nieces and nephew are fans of Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Big Sean, I’m still “bank-head bouncing” to R&B and pop hits of the 80s, 90s, and aughts (I know, I’m not sure how the 2000s got coined that either)!

Do you listen to the radio on a daily basis? Who are some of your favorite artists past or present?


  1. Sherita says:

    I listen to a lot of XM Radio. I’m liking Miguel but for the most part I stick to those that I know. I absolutely HATE Nicki Minaj and Rihanna’s music. I knew I was getting the old the day that I heard a marching band play a song that I didn’t recognize. My 8 year old was glad to tell me that it was Wacka Flocka!

  2. I can honestly say I do not listen to the radio and I haven’t for many years now. The crap that is being played nowadays is disheartening because this generation is growing up thinking this music is actually good and meaningful when that is so far from the case. It’s all a gimmick now. Like yourself, I am forever a fan of the 80s and 90s music (80s baby over here!!) with a few recent artist like The Foreign Exchange, The Fray, Adele, Tank, and Dawn Richard sprinkled in.

  3. @Sherita – I wouldn’t know who Wacka Flocka was if he walked into my apartment right now!

    @Miss Mika – I’m an 80s baby too! I haven’t heard Dawn Richardson since she left Danity Kane. I might have to check her out!

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