Chi Ali: Learning life's lessons

When I was first discovering the joys of hip hop back in the early 90's, I looked up to many of the artists that I listened too. This was partly because, in all my teenage wisdom, I believed them to be wise old men (most kids think anyone who is over five years older than them is ancient, after all). There were a bunch of artists in my age bracket during my hip hop infancy of course, but I never really had that much time for them.

Call it ageism. Call it jealousy. Whatever it was, most of my age group peers just didn't do much for me, musically speaking.

Sure, groups like Da Youngstas weren't bad. But my music ....

from 'A Grumpy Old Man With A Beard'

3:11 a.m. Saturday 11th September 2010 EST
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