My 30-something birthday is next week. And while I may feel like I’m creeping up the old age hill, there is something that makes me proud to be in my 30s. It means that I’m an eighties baby, which means I grew up in the 90s. And for that alone, I’m so thankful. Seeing the way this generation is growing up in a fast-paced society, I appreciate what was around me when I was growing up.
Kids these days would never know what it’s like to play outside games with your friends and make up the rules as you go along. They’ll never have dope songs like “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by TLC or “Ain’t My Type of Hype” by Full Force. And what’s worse? They’ll never know what one means when one quotes, “You got knocked the f**k out!” and other quotable phrases from classic movies like Friday. Sigh. Those nostalgic moments just took me to a place I’ll never get back, but my memories will keep them alive. There are way more movies that are instant classics and they feature some of your favorite rappers. Let’s take a scroll down memory lane.
Tupac Shakur in ‘Juice’
Tupac’s role as Bishop in Juice proved him to be an outstanding actor. It allowed him to show his more aggressive side, a lot of what we’ve heard in his music. His character convinced us that he was super dangerous, killing most of his friends before finding his life in the hands of friend Q who, in the end, ended Bishop’s life.
Ice Cube in ‘Boyz N the Hood’
Rickyyyyyyyy! I still can’t believe they shot him. Though Ricky (played by Morris Chestnut) getting killed was the biggest tragedy of the 1991 movie, Ice Cub’s character was one of the more memorable ones. Darrin “Doughboy” Baker was a gang-banging, gun-toting lost boy of the hood. After retaliating for his brother’s death, he gets murdered two weeks after Ricky’s funeral.
Ice Cube in ‘Friday’
Ice Cube’s performance in the 1995 film, Friday, was a little on the lighter note. After losing his job on his day off, his character, Craig Jones, embarks on a day of getting high with his pothead, best friend Smokey (played by Chris Tucker), ducking the neighborhood bully, Deebo, and dodging Bug Worm, the drug dealer who’s looking to beat Smokey’s ass if he don’t have his money. Why? Because “It’s Friday. You ain’t got no job. And you ain’t got sh*t to do!” Sigh. Love that movie.