January 22nd will always be somewhat of a memorable day for me…going back to 2002, at least. As Triumphs & Tribulations II tells it, I was on the inbound 25-Center Point, heading in for my shift at Domino’s Pizza when I got a couple of emergency pages from my father. I got off the bus in Woodlawn to return his call from a payphone. He informed me that he had found me a car and asked for my immediate location. I told him and he picked me up 10 minutes later. A little over an hour later, I was the owner of a 1994 MAZDA Protégé DX. I called it “The Deuce”. It was somewhat a play on words from a song in which Silkk the Shocker described his car as “a four” and my car being half his car’s size made it “a two”…or “a deuce”. That brings me to this week’s moment in the Flashback Friday series: Silkk the Shocker & Mya’s “Somebody Like Me”.
How I first came across this moment? I first came across the track when it played on 95.7 Jamz. This had to be in February-March 1999. I saw the music video on The Box a short time later.
What it meant to me then? At the time, I was a big fan of No Limit Records and Silkk the Shocker was my favorite. I had a cassette tape of Charge It 2 da Game and I played the hell out of “Let Me Hit It”. Anyway, when he did the rap on Mya’s “Movin’ On” over the Summer of 1998, I was hyped. My favorite artist and a chick every middle school dude was diggin’ on the same track. To see them run it back on his album sent me over the moon. I immediately took a liking to the track. It was one of the signature tracks on the Juan Thomas Presents…Get With Me playlist. I rocked it heavy.
What it means to me now? Even today, I still rock that track heavy. It’s like one of my favorite tracks of all time.