April 14, 2010 was a day, unbeknownst to me at the time, that would help shape me and millions of other kids during our formative years.
It was the day that Wiz Khalifa released his "Kush & OJ" mixtape.
I mean just hit after hit after hit from Young Khalifa. This was before I ever really fully grasped what the title of the mixtape meant so it was a little weird when Ma would ask what I was listening to and I'd hit her with that response.
It become more clear a couple years later when he released the album "Rolling Papers" which I promptly received as a gift in my "Easter Basket". Yes, my mom is the kind of mom who still gets her teenage / grown-ass kids Easter "surprises" so back off.
But damn the summer and even fall of 2010 was played to the soundtrack of "Never Been" and "Mezmorized" and "In The Cut". My buddy I grew up with was one of those kids who turned 16 before everyone else in your class so he was the first to drive and I swear to god he burned this mixtape on a CD (compact disc for those reading under the age of 22), and that's literally the only one he had in his car the whole summer.
Didn't matter. It was just that good.
Nowadays there's still not a group gathering of the old boys from back in the day that we don't at least play one of these old bangers from back in the day and reminisce on being young, dumb, and right now free from quarantine.