Why I'm 20 Years Old Listening to Bobby Womack (and anything else Classic)


Yeah, I'm 20 and Bobby Womack is on repeat! And I wish my elders would stop asking me "what you know about this music"?

I prefer to listen to "Old Skool" music and if you were to pick up my phone and look at T.R.O.Y  (yes I named my playlist after one of my favorite songs of all time) you'd know that my playlist can go from the O'Jays to Guy in a matter of moments. It's not a bad thing I suppose, although I don't remember much from the 90s as I was born in the great year of 95'. My connection to the music surrounds how I was raised. My parents were big fans of the New Jack Swing Funk eras of. Mash these two together and what do you get? A child addicted to Martin, Moesha, the heritage of Hip-Hop and all things related. Which is why it comes as no surprise that for the past two years in checking my Year in Music from Spotify the same artists reappear.

In 2015, my top artist and songs were: 

1. Bobby Womack- That's the Way I Feel About Cha 
2. Jessie Ware -Tough Love
3. 2Pac - Unconditional Love
4. Carl Thomas -Supastar
5. Kendrick Lamar- Momma

This list was similar to 2014 except I had K-Ci and Jo-Jo's Hello Darlin in the number two spot. 

I know why the list is the same. Musically speaking I think it's fair to say that every year I seem to think that there is no music as good or freeing as the music of  past eras. This is because I was raised to think this way and partially because the majority of the music played on mainstream radio is TRASH. Like the rest of my siblings, I find myself stuck in time repeatedly listening to the same tracks. For me, this is discovering originals to the tracks sampled by my favorite songs and condemning my peers who say that Tory Lanez was the mastermind behind the If You Love Me by BROWNSTONE. I'm content with this musical lifestyle for a number of reasons. 

Mostly because I prefer listening to classical songs that cherish the moral and virtues of their time. I prefer listening to songs where b****** isn't thrown on a track every 5 seconds (even though 2Pac is my favorite rapper). I prefer listening to songs that are artistically diverse and set the tone for the genres before them like the distinct sound of Roger Troutman and Zapp. Most importantly because I understand the heritage of the music I enjoy and the artistic influences that inspire artists like Kendrick to create To Pimp a Butterfly. Which is why In 2015 not much has changed surrounding my top songs and artists. Not to mention I ended the year streaming That's The Way I Feel About Cha a whopping 227 times, 56 of which were in one day. 

I will admit though I'm not too caught up on this era. I do make it an initiative to listen to other artists outside the classical "Old Skool" genres, (hence my outlier Jessie Ware). I also understand that there is music as good as the past, I just have to search for it. Recently I've been catching up on Saint Heron where I've discovered dope artists like OSHUNWith that said, I guess the answer to the question why I'm 20 years old listening to Bobby is simple. Why do I listen to this type of music? There is no age to understand what music you can connect to even if it's before your time. As a Hip-Hop lover, from the stories I was told I know when the genre first arrived many of my elders hated it because in their eyes it sounded like the music today I consider TRASH. Yet, when I say I love Hip-Hop I mean the culture and the heritage of Teddy Pendergrass, Delegation and Bobby Womack that inspired the genre in its beginning and refreshing sounds. The sounds that inspired the connection to the New Jack Swing and led me to the sounds of Tom Scott the Jazz artists who inspired They Reminisce Over You

I don't mean to be rude but I'm tired of my elders dissing 90s babies who attend the same concerts they enjoy as if we don't know good music. I don't want to be asked 50 billion times why I listen to the music I listen to. 

In fact, I think people should be proud there are still young folks who are able to connect to these sounds and the first moment they were when they heard them.