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Hip-Hop Music Nostalgia Rap Wu-Tang Clan

The Return of the Purple Tape: Raekwon’s Classic Sequel Turns Ten

“Got me behind the pot again”

The odds were stacked against him.

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Life Nostalgia

Our Memories Lie to Us

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“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”

― Marcel Proust

In a world of fake news, alternative facts, skewed polls, and misremembered anecdotes, it can sometimes be difficult to know what is real and what is not.

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Nostalgia Opinion TV

Three Popular Shows My Generation Loved That I Hated

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I’ve been known to have unpopular opinions when it comes to pop culture and this is not a new phenomenon.

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Greatness Hip-Hop Nostalgia

The Other Great Rap Battle of 2001

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Everyone knows that an epic hip-hop battle that took place in late 2001, when Jay-Z and Nas brawled for the throne, but far too many people forget that another classic rap clash began that year as well.

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Hip-Hop Nostalgia

Queensbridge to Shaolin: The Mobb Deep-Nas-Raekwon Connection

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“In the jungle, banging Nas, Mobb Deep, and Wu”

Since 1995, there has been a connection between Nas, Mobb Deep, and Raekwon.

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Books Life Nostalgia Passion

When Collecting Becomes an Obsession

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Like many ’80s babies, I was a huge card collector when I was kid. I bought, sold, and traded baseball, basketball, football, and even some hockey cards with my friends. We’d have card collecting parties where everyone would bring boxes of the cards with which they were willing to part and we’d act like we were in an adolescent version of Boiler Room.

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Greatness NBA Nostalgia

Remembering When Kobe Bryant Won the Slam Dunk Contest

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Today, Kobe Bryant is one of the elder statesmen of the NBA and next weekend his career will be celebrated at his 18th and final All-Star game. Like Peyton Manning, he now relies on his intelligence and guile rather than his athleticism to keep competing against the young upstarts.

Things were very different in 1997.

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Life Nostalgia

Sweet Home Pennsylvania

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It’s not even on Google Street View.

About a mile from the home in which I grew up, Google decided they had seen enough and turned onto (more of) a main road. And after my parents sold that house in 2007, I’ve never had a reason to go back, so the place I called home for a quarter-century only remained in my memories.

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Greatness I Was There NBA Nostalgia Philadelphia Sports

I Was There: Michael Jordan’s Final Game

Last week, I read (with escalating anger) the story of the Kobe Bryant fan who had the foresight to purchase tickets to what will almost certainly be Kobe’s final NBA game, only to later be screwed by StubHub’s greed. (StubHub has since apologized and promised to make things right, but only because of the outcry the company’s original decision caused.)

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Lists Nostalgia Rankings TV

The 10 (More) Best Scenes from “The West Wing”

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This is a follow-up to The 10 Best Scenes from The West Wing

Taste is subjective. Rankings are subjective. And personal preferences are subjective. So, when you combine those three, people will appreciate the attempt and applaud the effort, but also wonder how you could forget that one thing that is clearly as good as – if not better than – everything else that was included.