I have grown up with hip hop music, I mean literally grown up with it. I’m 35 now but I can trace just about every year, to any significant even in my personal life, or major world events, to when certain hip hop albums came out. When I first started high school, 1996, Biggie and Tupac were on top. When the twin towers dropped in September of 2001, Eminem reigned supreme. When my first son was born in 2003, all we listened to was 50 cent. The list can go on and on and boy am I glad to say that I can take this journey, especially when talking to younger kids today. I feel like a bevy of hip hop knowledge and I always thought that was going to waste, until I realized there was new genre in music…classic hip hop. Yup, just like classic rock has Journey and the Rolling Stones; classic hip hop has Mobb Deep and Big Pun. Here in Philadelphia they have even started a full time terrestrial radio station dedicated to the classics of hip hop. This has led to the revival of careers to rappers, now in their 40’s and 50’s, who are in high demand for live performances. In this past summer alone I was able to see the likes of Ja Rule, DMX, Fat Joe, The Roots, Mobb Deep (r.i.p. Prodigy) and The L.O.X. The past two summers I spent coordinating performances at one of the largest clubs in Philadelphia, Club Onyx. In this club we attracted all the biggest, hottest, newest, acts. No night has ever been as big as the night 50 cent came in to perform. People love the classics! Whether they had the chance to see them when they were kids, or if they were too young to see them then, audiences of all ages flock to see them now. The best part of it all, every time I go to one of these shows it’s like a family affair. Nothing but love, no violence like most would expect at a rap concert because these artists are so highly respected that no one would dare to mess up their performances. I am ecstatic that these artists are making a comeback through live performances and I’m taking in everyone that I can.