Open locker room on Fridays comes after practice, when the guys are showering and hustling to get changed and get out of the Park to their relatively small bit of free time. This means that Friday’s open locker room isn’t the relatively quiet mid-day workplace that it is over the lunch hour during the week; there’s an iPod hooked up to speakers, guys are singing along, guys are getting ready to go, all that.
Maybe it was because I was thinking for that earlier post about what year Nevermind and 2Pacalypse were released, maybe it was just a fluke. But when Dr. Dre’s Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang came on, I noticed rookie wideout Devin Thomas singing along, and it made me curious.
Were you even born when The Chronic came out?
“Yeah, of course, man! I was … I think I was around seven when that came out? That’s like the classics, though.”
Is this the earliest music you remember?
“No, no, the earliest is probably James Brown, stuff like that. My parents kept it alive, so I heard that around the house. I don’t really hear it much now, though – James Brown, the Temptations, all that good stuff.”
All right, but what’s the first thing you remember on the radio?
“First thing I remember on the radio is … what is it, ‘I like big butts and I cannot lie…’? Sir Mix-a-lot, that’s what it was. I learned the lyrics to that real quick.”
That didn’t make me feel much better, since Baby Got Back was only released a few months before the Dr. Dre album, but whatever.
I figured that maybe Malcolm Kelly — legendary on YouTube for some freestyling of his own — would have some sort of perspective of the song that would make me feel less like a decrepit old man, but, really, no such luck.
“Oh, man, I was five, maybe? When’d that come out, early nineties?”
Yeah, I think it was 1992 or so, but I can’t remember exactly. [Note: Technically correct, although it was December of that year, so 1993 would be an acceptable answer from any practical standpoint.]
“That sounds right — I know I was no older than six or seven.”
Great. But it’s a song you know, obviously.
“Yeah, man, I know the whole song. Honestly, that’s probably one of the earliest things I remember, that and Tupac … stuff like that. It has to be.”
Of course it has to.
Santana Moss made me feel a little better, at least — seven years older than the rookies, he specifically remembered listening to the Dre track on the way to a Florida State game in ninth grade — but I guess it’s always strange to realize that music you remember coming out is now being played on the oldies stations. Next thing you know, I’ll be standing on the practice field holding onto the football they’re trying to use, shouting, “You threw it into my yard, it’s my ball now!”