Williams receives a less-than-flattering shout out in the disturbingly accurate blog, Stuff White People Like:

If you are good at concealing laughter and contempt, you should ask a white person about “Real Hip Hop.”  They will quickly tell you about how they don’t listen to “Commercial Hip Hop” (aka music that black people actually enjoy), and that they much prefer “Classic Hip Hop.”

“I don’t listen to that commercial stuff. I’m more into the Real Hip Hop, you know?  KRS One, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, De La Soul, Wu Tang, you know, The Old School.”

Calling this style of music ‘old school’ is considered an especially apt name since the majority of people who listen to it did so while attending old schools such as Dartmouth, Bard, and Williams College.

I immediately thought back to my frosh year, when I had the good fortune of watching a Williams crowd try to get down to Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul.  I was working the lights and plugged in to the bands’ communication system.  It was enormously entertaining to hear their, ummm, frustration with the crowd’s fluency, or lack thereof, with their music.  If memory serves, it was Tribe who eventually castigated the crowd and may even have walked off the stage.  (Even more entertaining was one of the band members’ repeated attempts to direct the spotlights on certain well endowed female members of the audience).

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