Something is wrong with me. I always thought that getting older meant that my tastes would become more refined. After college, I assumed I would magically start to love NPR and become a morning person. This has not exactly been the case. In fact, in some ways I feel like I have regressed since college. Take my musical tastes for example. In college and in high school I prided myself on having pretty legitimate taste in music, mostly thanks to my older brother. I probably could have held my own with any Pitchfork Media devotee. To this day, one of my favorite albums of all time is still by a fairly obscure indie band from New Jersey. The Wrens “The Meadowlands” – you won’t be disappointed. But mostly, I have moved on from my Elliott Smith, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!, and TV on the Radio listening days. And what fabulous musical genre do I love now? Top 40 hip-hop. No lie.
That’s right. I love Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne, T.I., Kid Cudi, B.O.B., Jay-Z, Outkast, Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, N.E.R.D., T-Pain, and Usher. I am currently a huge fan of Mike Posner. Not “Cooler Than Me,” that got way overplayed, but his other songs. Like the lyrical genius of “Bow Chicka Wow Wow.”
I used to love listening to Sigur Ros, M83, and The Field, all of which are very chill bands. These days I spend my time listening to Frat Music online. It’s intense rap music and remixes, and basically the opposite of the chill music I used to frequent. Think Lil Jon and LMFAO “Shots.” My favorite mix is currently by my Sigma Mu Delta brothers at Notre Dame. Thanks Brotre Dame!
I really have no explanation for the evolution of my musical taste. I think my love of bad hip-hop probably dates back to when I briefly worked at a slightly shady Sonic in Kansas City and Hot 103 JAMZ was constantly playing in the background. Even so, it’s perplexing to me how I went from liking crazy, obscure indie bands to top 40 radio. And you know what? I love it. I mean sure Bright Eyes is melancholy and introspective music, but is it fun? That’s debatable. So for now, I will happily jam to my top 40 hip-hop. I don’t claim that it’s quality, but I do claim that it’s fun! Maybe someday I will grow up. In the meantime, if you ever want some entertainment, just call me and I can rap the entire song “The Rain” by Tech N9ne for you. It will make your day!