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Ojaye S. (could’ve been part of the set of dudes with rilly cool-sounding names)
This dude was in my gym class, too. At first I thought they were calling him “O.J.” like Simpson (prior to the infamous murders). Then the yearbook came out and I was like, “Oh, word? It’s actually “Ojaye”? Cool…”
In this pic he looks kinda like a young Big Daddy Kane – who along with Kool G. Rap, often goes unmentioned when we talk about the all-time great rappers. But the fact remains that in the middle-to-new-school era, the Mount Rushmore of MCs was Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS One and Kool G. Rap. Try and tell me different.
If you’re giving me votes for Kool Moe Dee I can at least hear what you’re saying. If you’re going on about Uncle L, fughedaboutit. I can accept an argument for Slick Rick, too, but that’s about alls I’ll tolerate over here…

Ojaye S. (could’ve been part of the set of dudes with rilly cool-sounding names)

This dude was in my gym class, too. At first I thought they were calling him “O.J.” like Simpson (prior to the infamous murders). Then the yearbook came out and I was like, “Oh, word? It’s actually “Ojaye”? Cool…”

In this pic he looks kinda like a young Big Daddy Kane – who along with Kool G. Rap, often goes unmentioned when we talk about the all-time great rappers. But the fact remains that in the middle-to-new-school era, the Mount Rushmore of MCs was Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS One and Kool G. Rap. Try and tell me different.

If you’re giving me votes for Kool Moe Dee I can at least hear what you’re saying. If you’re going on about Uncle L, fughedaboutit. I can accept an argument for Slick Rick, too, but that’s about alls I’ll tolerate over here…

C. Paton
There’s always a smart ass or two in every grade. You know the type – fancying themselves a latter-day Ferris Bueller or something – though these days a skool-wide prank is more likely to end in jail time than a slow-clapping ovation in the cafeteria…
Still, gotta admire dude’s moxie. I don’t quite know if this is a joke picture or what, as it follows after P. Zappulla and K. Zaveri on the last page of grade 10 – and that’s not the alphabetical order I’m used to. But I can’t find the “straight” version of his picture elsewhere, so I’m going to assume the powers that be were pissed he stuck his tongue out in the skool picture and slotted him at the end of the grade in retaliation. But as far as retributions go, it’s kinda weak. In the modern era, I wonder if they’d photoshop his mouth closed with composites of other students’ mouths or something.
As an aside, I’m also grateful that dude’s picture encapsulates another common piece of 90s hi skoolery – the ubiquitous canvas World Famous backpack. You could write your favorite bands on it, draw poor representations of corporate logos (the Jordan jumpman and Nike swoosh being common ones) or scrawl other pertinent hi skool details on it. And he’s rocking it in classic one-shoulder styling.
As aside #2, there’s been this 90s Internet meme circulating (50 pictures from the 90s or something) recently that I call schenanigans on. Admittedly, the 90s were home to many terrible styles and such, but what rises to the top of popular consciousness is all too often irrelevant or insignificant. What you end up with are easy jokes and simple-minded memories. Weak, I say. As the time period that gave us the greatest hip hop and Nike sneakers of all time (I’m including re-issues here), the 90s deserve better than some bullshit cobbling of pop culture flotsam and jetsam. Okay, rant over.

C. Paton

There’s always a smart ass or two in every grade. You know the type – fancying themselves a latter-day Ferris Bueller or something – though these days a skool-wide prank is more likely to end in jail time than a slow-clapping ovation in the cafeteria…

Still, gotta admire dude’s moxie. I don’t quite know if this is a joke picture or what, as it follows after P. Zappulla and K. Zaveri on the last page of grade 10 – and that’s not the alphabetical order I’m used to. But I can’t find the “straight” version of his picture elsewhere, so I’m going to assume the powers that be were pissed he stuck his tongue out in the skool picture and slotted him at the end of the grade in retaliation. But as far as retributions go, it’s kinda weak. In the modern era, I wonder if they’d photoshop his mouth closed with composites of other students’ mouths or something.

As an aside, I’m also grateful that dude’s picture encapsulates another common piece of 90s hi skoolery – the ubiquitous canvas World Famous backpack. You could write your favorite bands on it, draw poor representations of corporate logos (the Jordan jumpman and Nike swoosh being common ones) or scrawl other pertinent hi skool details on it. And he’s rocking it in classic one-shoulder styling.

As aside #2, there’s been this 90s Internet meme circulating (50 pictures from the 90s or something) recently that I call schenanigans on. Admittedly, the 90s were home to many terrible styles and such, but what rises to the top of popular consciousness is all too often irrelevant or insignificant. What you end up with are easy jokes and simple-minded memories. Weak, I say. As the time period that gave us the greatest hip hop and Nike sneakers of all time (I’m including re-issues here), the 90s deserve better than some bullshit cobbling of pop culture flotsam and jetsam. Okay, rant over.

STEADY MOBBIN’

My favorite Ice Cube joint of all time. It’s the beat. All bow down before Average White Band samples…

Jaemie W.
From the pages of The Source to Rap Pages to my yearbook, this pose is B-Boy 101 – an essential and an all-time classic. In fact, I dunno this kid at all (I can call him kid cuz he wuz in grade 9 whilst I wuz in grade 11 at the time) – but as soon as I saw dude’s finger cradling his face, I knew it wuz on. Props to him for immortalizing the gesture…
In fact, I’m sure even a casual perusal of all the sports team photos will reveal at least one dude in this b-boy stance, if you will. I wonder, though – does this shit even have a name? The Chin Pointer? The Lip Cradler? The Glock Clockener? The Trigger-nometry? The Face Pointer? The Indexter? I’ll bet if I went through all my photos from hi skool til now, this pose would likely crop up in a good 33% of all of them. Dude’s thumb is hella bent back, BTW…

Jaemie W.

From the pages of The Source to Rap Pages to my yearbook, this pose is B-Boy 101 – an essential and an all-time classic. In fact, I dunno this kid at all (I can call him kid cuz he wuz in grade 9 whilst I wuz in grade 11 at the time) – but as soon as I saw dude’s finger cradling his face, I knew it wuz on. Props to him for immortalizing the gesture…

In fact, I’m sure even a casual perusal of all the sports team photos will reveal at least one dude in this b-boy stance, if you will. I wonder, though – does this shit even have a name? The Chin Pointer? The Lip Cradler? The Glock Clockener? The Trigger-nometry? The Face Pointer? The Indexter? I’ll bet if I went through all my photos from hi skool til now, this pose would likely crop up in a good 33% of all of them. Dude’s thumb is hella bent back, BTW…

Sunlight – WIO-K

Scarboro, whut!? The RT, that illy graffiti (which may or may not be there – I haven’t taken the RT in a minnit)…

More or Les – Ain’t Goin’ Out

The title of this joint brings to mind Sen Dog barking "I ain’t goin’ out!" to punctuate the nasal tones of B-Real. Good lookin’, Les…

P. Smart
I don’t think I made dude’s skin tone dark enough. But they were a few cats in hi skool who would’ve given Wesley Snipes a run for his money. He also looks way more serious and Malcolm X-ian here than the real thing. Here, he could be browsing at Nkuru Books; in real life, he wuz one of those cats who danced for the skool’s various rappers (Monolith’s WIO-K; the venerable MC More of Les).

P. Smart

I don’t think I made dude’s skin tone dark enough. But they were a few cats in hi skool who would’ve given Wesley Snipes a run for his money. He also looks way more serious and Malcolm X-ian here than the real thing. Here, he could be browsing at Nkuru Books; in real life, he wuz one of those cats who danced for the skool’s various rappers (Monolith’s WIO-K; the venerable MC More of Les).

Grant W.
He looks a lot like this other cat (Philip H.) I drew earlier – but trust me, hi skool wuz full of pasty white dudes with mullets of all shapes, lengths and sizes. As well as chubby, sullen Asian kids, if we’re being completely honest.
That’s why my hi skool wuz so great. Lots of everything. You’re Guyanese and like brightly-colored elephant cords? There’s a crew for you. So math competitions and refugee-esque haircuts are more your thang? We got you. And if you’re a horribly uncool instrument-playing white kid, then you’re gonna think you died and went to heaven. Chess nerds, thugs, guys in bands, fobs, jocks, sluts, goths, rockers – we had ‘em all. And Vishnu bless every one of ‘em…

Grant W.

He looks a lot like this other cat (Philip H.) I drew earlier – but trust me, hi skool wuz full of pasty white dudes with mullets of all shapes, lengths and sizes. As well as chubby, sullen Asian kids, if we’re being completely honest.

That’s why my hi skool wuz so great. Lots of everything. You’re Guyanese and like brightly-colored elephant cords? There’s a crew for you. So math competitions and refugee-esque haircuts are more your thang? We got you. And if you’re a horribly uncool instrument-playing white kid, then you’re gonna think you died and went to heaven. Chess nerds, thugs, guys in bands, fobs, jocks, sluts, goths, rockers – we had ‘em all. And Vishnu bless every one of ‘em…

Witness the Quikness
Which, in this case, is a eerie, gender-bending-ish picture from Compton’s finest, DJ Quik.

Witness the Quikness

Which, in this case, is a eerie, gender-bending-ish picture from Compton’s finest, DJ Quik.

Leslie G.
We used to call this dude “Velvet Jones”, from the ol’ Eddie Murphy SNL sketch. I know, mega-cruel – but it’s not like we said that shit to dude’s face. Anyhow, it didn’t rilly register at the time, but I think dude wuz like the only black guy to rock straightened hair back then. It also makes me wonder, retrospectively, about his sexuality. That sounds likes a dis, too – but it’s not. Honestly – just an observation.
I mean, C’mon! This is the Maestro/black medallions era, which would slowly morph into the Ruffneck Champion Reverse Weave/Tim’s era. Whut’s that mean, exactly? Well, for black guys’ hair, it means definitely not straightened. But who knows, rilly? Maybe he wuz going through the awkward stages before arriving at a Dru Down/DJ Quik-type shit… which could make him a wood-be/wanna-be pimp, much like Velvet Jones…

Leslie G.

We used to call this dude “Velvet Jones”, from the ol’ Eddie Murphy SNL sketch. I know, mega-cruel – but it’s not like we said that shit to dude’s face. Anyhow, it didn’t rilly register at the time, but I think dude wuz like the only black guy to rock straightened hair back then. It also makes me wonder, retrospectively, about his sexuality. That sounds likes a dis, too – but it’s not. Honestly – just an observation.

I mean, C’mon! This is the Maestro/black medallions era, which would slowly morph into the Ruffneck Champion Reverse Weave/Tim’s era. Whut’s that mean, exactly? Well, for black guys’ hair, it means definitely not straightened. But who knows, rilly? Maybe he wuz going through the awkward stages before arriving at a Dru Down/DJ Quik-type shit… which could make him a wood-be/wanna-be pimp, much like Velvet Jones…