My Name is Joaquin J Kincaid most people call me “Jay” or “Jay Light” I was born in the 1983 but I grew up in the 90’s. One of the most difficult, rough and best times to grow up in (Depending on whom you ask) New York was fresh out of the Crack era of the 80’s that broke up a lot of families and saw a lot of good people get buried before their time, So seeing these things on the ground in the school yards wasn’t new to some of us young kids back then.
This was also a time when Crown Heights Brooklyn became a house hold name
But not in a good way, When New York was really “New York City”
Ask any Kid today have they ever heard of a place called Bar-Code and chances are they might look at you like your from another planet. This was also the era when 3 guys named Mike we’re house hold names for different reasons (all Good reasons)
when waking up in the morning watching Saturday morning Cartoons while eating a big bowl of cereal meant something
And in some cases When you had to go to the store and buy the saturday morning breakfast your parents handed you these
Yeah we all been there some time in our lives right? I think one of things we can all agree on is that we had better TV shows worth watching in the 90’s era as well
Even going to see a good movie was a big deal or should I say instead going to the movies was actually worth going to the movies
Wanted to get from one place to the next in New York City and didn’t have cab money? fine won’t even cost you much but $ 1.25
I remember as a kid in the 90’s when going on a school trip your lunch game had to be official, if you didn’t have any of these in your plastic bag you got stuck eating that nasty school lunch
Hero sandwich was $ 2.00 soda was 50 cents you were able to get a bag or chip or cookies for 50 cents and still had some extra money in your pockets at the end of the day, I can’t even begin to imagine how much a kid must spend on lunch for a school trip in this era.
Even music was golden during this era there was no emotional rap or deep south rap you either brought it or you didn’t. This was real hip hop or should I say Hip hop at its purest no added substances (gimmick, studio gangsters etc)
During the 90’s i was entering my first year of Junior High school, where I attended what had to be one of the worse junior high schools in Brooklyn New York I.S 210 (formerly known as I.S 394) I’ve seen some shit during these rough and tough time of my life that I don’t even want to talk about these days. The images can pretty much sum up what it was like going to school during the 90’s praying that you made it back home safely everyday with out a cut on your face or your stuff stolen.
Thats the 90’s for you, I thank god that Me and my family made it through those rough years. Truthfully I don’t think kids today would be mentally tough or prepared to live the life of a kid in the 90’s era, Think about it like this would you or anybody else be able to sit on a train or a bus with your ipad or smart phone freely web browsing with out a care in the world if these things were around in the 90’s?
Think again! chances are some thug or hoodlum young or hold would have you holding your face in your hands with your face leaking of blood and tears. With that said I Respect the 90’s for making a better day for today and tomorrow
Spread the Word to the world and I’m done!!