If you thought metal, hardcore and punk had a monopoly on gay, snobby elitists who like to spend their free time lecturing other people on why they should stop liking stuff, you were mistaken. For example, while 90s worship is relatively new thing in punk/hardcore,
rap hip-hop fanboys have been gargling the 90s’ balls for years, as our bro from 100 Grand On My Wrist addresses in this excellent (and lengthy) bit called “I Hate A Tribe Called Quest”:
Shortly after that I struck up a conversation with a high schooler about rap music. He was really into theater and always tried to come off as super intelligent, to give you a feel for the type of guy he was. I told him I had bought a CD by A Tribe Called Quest, but returned it because I didn’t like it. He quickly began chiding me for that action, telling me I didn’t know anything about “real music.” I quickly began rattling off the names of my favorite rappers at the time (E-40, Spice 1, Dru Down, Brotha Lynch Hung, etc.) and he dismissed all of those artists by saying, “those type of rappers have no substance to them, just dumb raps about violence and money.” Being an 11 year old talking to a 17 year old, I just nodded and said, “yeah I guess so…” I went home that day and didn’t know what to think, did I have stupid tastes in music? Should I start listening to more ‘mature music?’ When a high schooler tells you that the music you love at the age of 11 is dumb it can really get in your head.