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Friday, January 4, 2013

My Junkin' Anthem

***Disclaimer: I feel I should warn you that I wrote this after hours of cabin fever in my house on this cold dreary Friday of winter break. This post pretty much revolves around hip hop. To show my love for this genre, I will drop as many hip hop related slang, phrases, artists, lyrics, or song titles as I can think of. I worked in a not-so-subtle reference before, and a fellow blogger commented on it; she is now my hero. I'd like to send a shout out to Beth from Olde Tyme Marketplace.  

Anyway, if you aren't down with rap, you probably won't dig it. Can y'all dig it? I can dig it. Whoomp here it is...

My iPod just completed a holiday cleanse; it was time to rid my playlists of the holiday tunes. I confessed my love for Christmas music in early November. I'm all about it until December 26, when I don't want to hear another note of 'Do you hear what I hear' until the following November. My shiny new iTunes gift card was burning a hole in my pocket, so I logged on to find some new music.

In the corner of my screen I saw a song called "Thrift Store" by Macklemore. This guy is such a talented rapper, or poet if you will, that even his name rhymes with his song title. I clicked on the preview, and well, let's just say it isn't kid appropriate, as even the clean version is pretty dirty; nonetheless, it made me LOL (but not quite LMFAO). Not only are the lyrics about wanting Grandpa's velour jumper and house slippers funny, but the beat is also pretty catchy. [I tried to find a more hip hop appropriate word for catchy, but the first synonym listed in the thesaurus is 'fetching.' That's not any better. Further down the list I found 'bodacious,' but that seemed too Bill and Ted. I'm at a Crossroad(s). Guess I will stick with catchy, but I just lost a lot of street cred.] This song has already gone viral on iTunes, landing at number 3 for this week's downloads, but I've been too caught up listening to the angels hark to notice this newcomer.

I downloaded the cleaner version, so "Thrift Store" will be my pre-game song to get me pumped for my thrifting adventures, just like when my high school volleyball team warmed up to Jock Jams before our  games 'cause it was Gonna Make us Sweat. Speaking of high school, there was a lot of quality hip hop back in the day. This was when Dr. Dre wasn't Nuthin' but a G thang. One of the last cassette tapes I purchased before transitioning over to CDs was Snoop Dogg's. Oh my God, Becky, that was TWENTY YEARS ago! According to Etsy, rap is vintage! How can this be?! I can clearly remember the time my dad drove my car to get the mail (yeah, it sounds uber lazy to drive to the mailbox, but in his defense, the mailbox was about half a mile away from the house and it was probably -20 degrees); when he came back, he asked, "Who is Snoop Doggy D - O - double G?"

I blame Will Smith for my obsession with hip hop; when I was taking a break from reading about Pa and Laura's adventures in Little House on the Prairie, I would watch the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I'm pretty sure my interest in hip hop and rap started with memorizing the lyrics to the theme song (to which, by the way, I still know every word). My first CD was Naughty by Nature, gifted to me by my friend Kari (she's so very fly oh my it's a little big scary) because she knew I loved Hip Hop Hooray. Isn't It Ironic how lyrics from songs 20 years ago cycle back - the reverse of "hey, ho" is now quite a fetching song by the Lumineers.

But back to Macklemore and "Thrift Store." Check out these lyrics,

I'm digging, I'm digging, I'm searching right through that luggage
One man's trash, that's another man's come-up.  

So true! I can also relate to his line, "I'm so pumped up about some *@!& from the thrift shop."  Me too, Macklemore, me too. Whatta Man.

Pic of Macklemore

It brings a smile to my face and Makes Me Proud to know that even rappers enjoy thrifting now. I would like to extend an invitation to Mr. Macklemore to visit Austin; he can shop at Barn Chic Antiques and whatever he buys, I'll Throw It In the Bag. And maybe he can teach me how to Dougie.

If you like rap and haven't yet seen Jimmy Fallon's History of Rap performance with JT, be sure to check it out - it is bombdiggity and you'll want to thank me.

I want to thank YOU for joining me on this trip down hip hop lane. Were you Set Adrift on Memory Bliss? Whatever roads you travel, be careful in this winter weather. Even in Texas there is Ice (Ice Baby). I'm already looking forward to it Getting Hot in Here. Bring on spring! Or Summer Summer Summer Time....

Who Am I? I think I've been Hypnotized. Did someone spike my green curry? I'm sorry for the ridiculousness that is this post. Is it too late to Apologize? 

Ok really I gotta Stop. Collaborate and Listen. 

Have a chic week,



  1. Love that you snuck some Vanilla Ice in there - but YES, bring on Spring!!

  2. "I wear your granddad's clothes, I look incredible." Definitely my theme song.


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