by vivrant thang on party like a rockstar
I probably haven’t mentioned it but I’m a member of the First and Finest sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. We’re celebrating our centennial year (birthday is on Tuesday) so this past weekend the city has been rolling out the pink and green carpet for us. It will be nothing compared to what will go down in July when our national convention rolls into town.
Anywho, although I am fighting a nasty chest cold, which has my voice sounding like a cross between Kathleen Turner and Donald Duck, nothing but death was going to keep me from this:
9th Wonder and DJ Cuzzin B on the wheels of steel! I knew it was going to be ridiculous…and how right I was!
From the moment, I stepped in the door, I was shaking what my Momma gave me. They played just about every new jack swing, hip hop, reggae and r&b song you can remember rocking to in the late 80s and 90s. You know, the songs you hear and can remember exactly what was going on in your life at that particular time. All I kept hearing was:
“Freshman year, Brown Hall, my roommate used to play this joint everyday!”
“1988 – junior year. That was my sonnnnggg!”
When a particular song would come on, we would look at each other like “I can’t believe he is playing this! I’m about to fall out!” Tired as we were towards the end, there were some joints we still had to get up on and at least two-step.
I can’t remember every song they played because I was too busy dropping it…in a dress and some hooker boots at that. I did manage to make note of a few of them to give you an idea.
Michele’le – Something In My Heart
Tony Toni Tone – Just Me and You
Janet Jackson – Anytime, Anyplace (took some of my sorors through some things when he played this one
Mint Condition – Pretty Brown Eyes
R Kelly –12 Play
Jodeci – Freakin U
Mad Cobra– Flex
Sister Nancy – Bam Bam
Buju – Boom Bye Bye
Fugees–Ready or Not
Mary – Reminisce
Biggie – Big Poppa, Unbelievable
Arrested Development – Everyday People
LL – Jingling Baby, Around the Way Girl
MC Lyte – Cha Cha Cha
Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebaum
Nas – The World is Yours
Black Sheep –The Choice is Yours
Camp Lo – Luchini
Nice and Smooth –Hip Hop Junkie
Wu Tang – C.R.E.A.M, Ice Cream
Jay Z – Ain’t No N*gga
Lil Kim – Big Momma Thang ( I have to admit I still know all the words to her entire first album)
EU – Da Butt (it was on like School Daze!)
DJ Funk – There’s Some Hoes in This House
Couple all this hot music with the old school candy sprinkled all over the tables (ring pops, blow pops, push up pops, laffy taffy) and the classics playing on the screen (House Party, Above The Rim, and Fat Albert) and you can imagine what a great time we had.
It was one of the times I was so glad to be in the 30-and-over crowd as you could look around and see the bored youngins who didn’t have a clue why we were acting a fool. It’s a shame that the only songs they felt were Kanye’s Flashing Lights and Good Life. Thankfully, that was the only radio programming we were subjected to. Those are two hot songs though so I didn’t mind.
As me and my aching knees recover today, I will definitely keep my eyes on The True School events page for the next “house party.” DC area grown folks, if you know like I know, so should you.
Aww man this sounds like my kind of party!!!! I wish I could have been there!!! Good music and dancing sounds like my idea of fun. And even though it was a party for your sorority, I guess I could have overlooked that and partied with you. 🙂 LOL. I would have just had to represent in my crimson and cream. Seriously though, this is a anniversary that you all are celebrating so Happy B-day to you! Anyway, I am smiling and feeling all tingly inside just from reading the playlist! I can only imagine how excited I would have been if I had been there. I would have been right there with ya’ll yelling, “that’s my song”, or “oh my goodness I can’t believe he played this”. So girl you got to let me know when another party like this is going down and I will be on the road. Shoot it looks like I am going to need to get a part time job just to afford the gas I’m gonna spend ripping up and down the road. 🙂 And oh yeah you know what else is funny…my friend who went to the Martin Luther show with me was at that party. I texted him to ask him how the ERRO show was (I opted to stay in my neck of the woods and check out Anthony David) and he responded that it was great and he was at this fun AKA party. Ya’ll are probably often in the same spot. Okay I guess I will end this crazy long comment now. Anyway I am glad that you had fun and don’t forget to let me know about the next party like this.
vivrant thang said:
Girl, it was off the chain. You would have had a ball. You just need to go on ahead and start job searching up here so we can par-tay!
Oh and the city was pink and green so he could have been at any one of them. I doubt any of them was as hot as the one we were at though…just because!
Wow, Flex, C.R.E.A.M. & Luchini! Camp LO was so retro half the people in that era didn’t even understand them! And they got their point across with cursing in that record! That had to be one hot party! These youngins’ don’t really have a clue! But I must admit I love GoodLife!
DJ Cuzzin B said:
this blog really made my day… we do these parties for people EXACTLY like you in mind….. can’t wait to do it again in July for the next AKA event. THANK you for being a part of the TRUE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE!!
DJ Cuzzin B
Jossan "The Son of Job" said:
Like my fellow corp. member, DJ Cuzzin B, has already said we do this with all of you in mind. We’re actually more happy at the end of the night not by the number(s) but just to know that you had a GREAT time, whether its 10 or ten-thousand people there. It was extra special for me to be able to help my lovely sistas of AKA (’06-’08) celebrate their day and join us in the century club.
We’ll be back in July, READY TO DO IT AGAIN!!!! Grown Folks Music for Grown Folks!!!!
The Son of Job
vivrant thang said:
@ Regina – I STILL rock that Camp Lo. One of my sorors was like I HAVE to get my hands on this song. It was so different when it first came out. Indeed, it was a hot party. And yes, Good Life and Flashing Lights both got a pass because those are two songs that set it off.
@ DJ Cuzzin B – Thank you so much for coming through and leaving a note! You really did your thang and you already know I had a great time! I am DEFINITELY in there in July. And I’ll spread the word.
@ Jossan – Frat, I also am thankful that you came through and left a note here. I will be back in July (if not before) and will surely be bringing some GROWN FOLKS with me.
Yes, aren’t we lovely to be 100? 🙂 Thanks for what you and True Corp do!
9th Wonder said:
As President and CEO of the True School Corporation, we would like send a BIG, BIG, BIG UPS to the lovely women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Congratulations on 100 years of continued service and the upliftment of black women worldwide! Thanks to all the AKA’s for partaking in THE True School Experience, and hope to see you all again in July for the BIG True School AKA party in DC!!!! It means so much to us that people still believe in acting their age, and like having fun at the same time!!!!! As long as we have loyal supporters like yall, TRUE SCHOOL WILL ROCK FOREVER!!!!
Stay Tuned for True School at CIAA/Charlotte, and True School MARCH MADNESS!!!!!!
THE True School Corporation
B. Good said:
Now that sounds like a par-tay! Congrats to you and your sorority on 100 years!
I also want to say thank you for the wonderfully written blog. You definitely gave a visual to the people who didn’t make it and a reason for those people NOT to miss the next one. See you again in July!
“The Voice of TSC”
vivrant thang said:
@ 9th Wonder – I can’t tell you what your comment means! Now you got me over here plotting how I’m going to get down to Charlotte for CIAA. LOL! If not, it’s definitely on in July! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the centennial bday wishes.
@B- Girl, you would have been droppin it. Of this, I’m sure. LOL!Thanks so much. Indeed, it’s a proud day.
@ Jay – Now ya’ll going to make ME cry. LOL! Thank you so very much. It was easy. I have no problem giving credit where credit is due. I’ll see ya’ll in July if not before.
That is a serious song list. Too bad they seem to only feel Kanye, who I agree drops fire.
dead @ blow pops
The good ol’ days…
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I was thinking about going to that party…but it was cold or something like that. Drats! I will not miss the July party!
vivrant thang said:
@Ms Trouble – It was off the chain! Don’t miss it!
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Bobby (DJ Oso Fresh) said:
Sounds like something I would have enjoyed! Well written blog…
You shouldn’t be surprised to go to a party and hear this music format though!!! You may not know me or have ever even heard of me, but this is the music format I’ve been Spinnin for the past 20+ years (on Wax… not a laptop)!! It’s hard to get love for this music format in DC!! Got made fun of, was called an old head stuck in time, etc… (not to mention having to deal with racism cause I’m not African American spinnin Hip-Hop in the 90’s) But I never stopped!
So although I appreciate & share your enthusiasm, True school DJ’s, weather members of the true school movement or not, are out there… (I’ve been doing my thing for 2 decades right here in DC!) You just gotta put the time in and look for us! And once you find us you gotta continue to support us so we’re not forced to play garbage in order to survive!!!
You don’t need to wait for DJ’s to come in from out of town or travel outside the metro area to catch classic & old School Hip-Hop Dj’s. And you don’t have to wait for special or annual events. Not Saying you shouldn’t support out of town dj’s but showing some love for the local cats would be much appreciated… Word Up!!
Much respect to 9th Wonder, Dj Cuzzin B, and all other True DJ’s keeping the culture and music of our generation alive!!
DJ Oso Fresh
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