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Hip-Hop at the Grocery Store
Posted by Steve Juon at Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 at 3:30AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

I usually appreciate it when the employee working checkout at the grocery store wants to make small talk. It breaks up the tedium of going to the store to buy milk, bread, lunchmeat and soda. I'm a fairly sociable guy by nature anyway - the kind that loves talking to people and vice versa, often to the point of my wife getting mildly irritated that I don't shut my yap. In thise case however, I kind of wish the person I was talking to had shut HERS. I'm patiently waiting for the person ahead of me to take their bags while the Mrs. is off perusing the endcaps for her favorite brand of iced coffee when the woman at the register offers this remark about the in-store music...


Ladies and gentlemen, to truly appreciate the absurdity of this situation, you have to understand what I was wearing at the time...

Blue jean shorts, Saucony Floorlords, a UFC baseball cap and a J DILLA CHANGED MY LIFE T-SHIRT.
I don't think it dawned on her immediately that I was searching for an exit from this conversation, or perhaps from the store itself, so she kept on yammering. I just stood there waiting for my wife to return, just looking at her like "WHAT THE FUCK" and hoping she'd change the subject. Oh no. She keeps going on and on about how she doesn't get this rap music the kids listen to these days, and she's still talking about it when my loving wife returns to tell me she decided not to buy an iced coffee after all. She overhears this and says with a smile "Well you know what my husband does for a living right?" She shakes her head. "He listens to rap all day long."
She still didn't get it, so I had to patiently explain to her that I'm a writer and a webmaster that focuses primarily on hip-hop. I even went so far as to explain the t-shirt I was wearing, and who J Dilla was (God bless), and how I felt he was just as much a REAL MUSICIAN as whatever goofy-ass music was playing over the in-store loudspeakers. Mind you I was just going to let it go, but the ball had been put in my court whether I wanted it or not, and with $40 worth of groceries to scan we were going to be there for several minutes no matter what.
I have the feeling that come tomorrow she's not going to remember who J Dilla is, or that the guy whose groceries she was scanning at 10:30 was wearing a t-shirt that had a crate full of records on it, but if she remembers anything I HOPE it's that the next time she makes a blanket "NOT LIKE THAT RAP STUFF" statement she might actually be talking to someone who would take umbrage to those words. I'm a nice enough guy 9 times out of 10, and I generally like to say "everyone's entitled to their opinion" since I know hip-hop's not for everyone, but I don't walk up to a clerk wearing a Garth Brooks t-shirt and say "Did you hear that last song? That was some great shit, NOT LIKE THAT COUNTRY STUFF." I'm sure they'd be a lot less friendly about it than I was.

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