Sunday, March 22, 2009
Old School vrs Original School
Peace world. Today I pose a question to all the Lab viewers – what is old school? Yesterday I put up a post about the new Nat King Cole album Re-Generations. Today I went to the record store to pick it up on vinyl. While I was there in the jazz section an older gentleman informed me that the album I was about to purchase was a “rip-off” and an insult to the original works by NKC. It was apparent to me that this guy was a product of the original school. He had me thinking I was wrong for liking this new adaptation of music by NKC. But before yesterday I didn’t even care about Nat King Cole and his music.
My old school is a lot different from that of the older generation of music lovers, who I label the original school. That school of music has heavily contributed to the music we enjoy called hip-hop. Especially old school hip-hop which has always been mostly sample based.
So is it old school or original school? Which school wears the crown when it comes to style? As a member of this hip-hop culture I have to give it to the old school. Big Daddy Kane said it best on young, gifted, & black – “you’d be another memory to us”. Original school music will always be classic but hip-hop made a lot of those old tunes sound better! Hip-hop has been saving the music for the last 30 years. When Kanye samples an original school tune all of a sudden the original artist is popular again.
Hip-hop simply keeps music current. Re-Generations will introduce a new generation of listeners to Nat King Cole that would have otherwise not considered the legend. To all to original school die hards, give those new renditions a listen. Let’s save the music before we end up worst off!