My wife and I have been chilling out tonight listening to the radio, dancing and joking. Just relaxing. Friday nights on the radio are kind of entertaining because the high-paid DJs are spinning the current hits and the classics. But what happens after three hours of listening is that you realize there is a ton of stupid music out there.

Everyone who reads this blog knows that I am a fan of the 80s. What you may not know is that I also have an affinity for the decade that spawned Biggie, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Wu Tang, Nas, Jay Z, The Fugees, SWV, R Kelly, Mariah Carey, Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Donell Jones, Aaliyah, Brandy, Monica, Mase, Puff Daddy… I can go on and on. Most of those 20 years represented a time of fun, and in some instances gritty and emotionally charged street music, plain and simple.

My issue is that the new music out there is not so good. Sure there’s some tolerable pop/dance/party music out there like Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks, Red Cafe, The Dream, Usher, and my very guilty pleasure Ray J. That stuff is good as long as you take it for what it is. Of course it’s no Heather Headley, Luther, Angie Stone, Bilal, or Herbie Hancock, etc. Unfortunately, most of the heavy-rotation stuff is uninspired dreck.

My simple question is: Does this mean I’m getting old?

At the end of the day does longing for “the good ol’ days” put you a four-minute 50 Cent song away from applying for Medicare?