You know how you have those moments in life that make you drop your head when you think of them? Welp, this has to be one of THE most shameful yet most hilarious memories ever. Let me explain…
You guys know by now, I LOVE hip-hop! Growing up in Philly during the 80’s and 90’s, made me partial to music from up north. By the mid to late 90’s, I’d amassed quite the collection of rap albums–Nas, Mobb Deep, Busta Rhymes, Biggie, Jay-Z, Wu-tang, DMX, Big Pun, Capone and Noreaga, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown. You get it. Like I referenced in another post, my palette for stimulating music is rather high maintenance. In addition to paying attention to the lyrics I’m peeping the production and listening for samples. I swore I was going to be A&R for a label.
When I moved to Atlanta to go college, it was in the midst of an unforgettable era in hip-hop. Eve, Beanie Siegel, Freeway, Young Gunz, and Cassidy had put Philly on the map. This was a very proud time for anyone in our generation from Philly. With the exception of a few single acts like Fabolous, Ja Rule, and Fat Joe–Roc-a-Fella and Ruff Ryders pretty much had a monopoly on the northern rap game.
It was during this time, I really started rocking with the L.O.X. I liked them when they were on Bad Boy but they really flourished under Ruff Ryders. I couldn’t get enough of them. I had their albums and the D-Block mixtapes. Only real L.O.X fans know about D-Block so yeah, this thing was pretty serious.
Now for the part you’ve been waiting for…
I was in Shadows (an old Atlanta nightclub) one night and an associate (we’ll call him Shawn) who was friends with Jadakiss approached me to let me know, Kiss was there. Hopefully the background info makes sense now. EVERYONE knew my knack for rap and that I really rocked with the L.O.X. My associate was so excited to make the introduction. Only he wasn’t actually going to come with me to speak to Kiss. He told me to “just go say hi!” But that seemed so weird to me.
Here’s the thing…the generation I came up with in Philly had pride. We weren’t easily impressed or excitable. Therefore I wasn’t beat to “just go say hi” to Kiss simply because he was a “celebrity.” I went back and forth with Shawn for awhile. He walked away and I thought it was settled. I would remain where I was doing my 1-2 and Kiss would do the same. About 30 minutes later Shawn came back to tell me he’d told Kiss about me and I needed to stop acting funny, and…”just go say hi.”
For whatever reason, I decided to oblige him this time. The whole walk over to Kiss, I was stumped as to what I would say. The whole thing felt very awkward for me. Sooooo, yall know me–all slow. I walked up to this man and said, “Hey, my name is Veronica. You know how in your rap you say “Today I got a session with Ronnie I mean Veronica…”? Yeah, that’s my name.”
He literally said nothing. I think I heard him blink over the music. I couldn’t get away fast enough. Shawn followed me back to my corner of the club to ask what happened. When I told him, he bust out laughing. A big ole ignorant laugh too! I was mortified for the rest of the night.
With my awkward groupie moment behind me or, so I thought…I got a call from my old roommate one night years later. She said, “my brothers are in town, can you take them out?” My response: “absolutely!”
I should have asked more questions. I pulled up to the hotel and guess who walked out? YUP! Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Styles P, also known as the L.O.X. Oh how I wanted to just duck down and peel off. I didn’t though. I thought to myself, “Veronica, there’s no way he remembers you. Get over yourself!” And with that, I escorted them to the club.
This was at the tail-end of my clubbing days so when we arrived, I just sat on the couch with a bottle of water and chilled. Kiss ended up sitting next to me on the couch. I was cool as a fan. Bopping my head to the music and people watching. Then out of nowhere, Kiss says, “She thinks I don’t remember her!” and bust out laughing.
I couldn’t believe it! Why didn’t anyone tell me he had an impeccable memory? We shared a big ole laugh and I was actually able to redeem myself.
My friends know, I am special enough to experience some of the craziest and funniest situations. They have heard more than their share over the years. I’m certain they probably just keep me around for their entertainment.
As far as my one and only groupie moment, the only thing I can say is…hey playas mess up!