Back when I was a wee tween, I was pretty concerned with being cool. Reputation to uphold and all that jazz. And when I was 14, being Asian was the epitome of cool. Honest to God, IT WAS. So being a half asian, I was allowed to ride on that bandwagon, and I did. This was around the turn of the millennium, when DMX & Aaliyah were doing movies with Jet Li, and Wu Tang were all up in that Shao Lin shieeet. Writing aZn PrYdE on the wall of the changerooms was cool. Getting a Nick Carter inspired haircut… COOL. Knowing all the words to Got Rice? – standard. And cool. Claiming to be in the Spiderboyz or to be dating a Spiderboy….ICE COLD.
Part of the aZn stereotype back in the day was a fondness for slow jams. Playlist classics included anything by Boyz II Men, Sukiyaki by 4pm and, even though none of us had any clue what she was banging on about, First Love by Utada Hikaru.
So it got me thinking… dO aZn’s sTiLL LiStEn tO sLoW jAmZzZz?
I asked a few Asians and here’s what they reckon;
‘That’s all I listen to baby! Usher, Joe, Babyface, Brian McKnight etc…I pump that shit all day eerrr day! Bellliiiieedd dat.’ (Cambodian, 30)
‘Sorry. I’m a child of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Rammstein now.’ (Vietnamese, 27)
‘When I was a younger Asian, I used to LiStEn tO sLoWjAmZzZ. Now, I just listen to slow jams.’ (Filipino, 30)
‘Not really, only the same slow jamz I used to listen to and only when they pop up randomly. That said, I sing the shit outta them when they play.’ (Filipino, 31)
‘wtf is slow jam’ (Chinese-Malay but to be honest he is a Twinkie, 28)
‘yeah i listen to slow jam now and then not the corney make out slow jam seesh just listen to chill is there even slow jam anymore‘ (Vietnamese, write like FOB, 26)
‘Oohhhh yeah, Bootyman. I like it. Craig David man.’ (half Burmese, 27)
So I dunno, I guess these days it’s no longer safe to assume your everyday Asian listens to slow jams. In 2013, I’d put money on the presumption that sales and/or downloads of the slow jam variety are mostly made by dudes. Not because they love them, but because bitches do. It’s basically lubricant.
No slow jams necessary
Personally, I struggle with overt displays of emotion and/or sexuality. So I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of slow jams. Unless you were referring to the Yeezy song, in which case, HUGE FAN.
Cupcakes & Lollipops,