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Aliya S. King’s True Hip-Hop Stories: That Time Jay-Z Clowned Me For An Entire Summer

When I was working at The Source, I was freelancing on the side for a few mainstream publications. I couldn’t write for VIBE or XXL of course. But I would quietly write about rock bands for Seventeen and Teen People occasionally.

I ended up writing regularly for Teen People and I became a go-to writer for the Entertainment Editor there. 

A lot of my assignments were given last-minute, which is normal in the game and I was used to grabbing my recorder and hauling butt to some concert or interview that was happening in an hour–or less. 

So, the Apollo Theater was having a benefit concert of some sort and a lot of big names were scheduled to appear. Eve, Sisqo, Jay-Z and a bunch of other folks I can’t remember. 

The Entertainment Editor at Teen People called and asked me to go to the concert and get some evergreen quotes from the artists that they could use in upcoming issues. She didn’t want me to cover the event. She just wanted me to ask questions like, “What was the best present you ever got for Valentine’s Day?” so they could include it when their February issue rolled around. 

She sent me the questions and they were all super basic and easy. (A little too basic. It was a real left turn from the questions I had to ask at The Source.)

I got to the venue and went backstage. I told the folks there that I was with Teen People and they hustled me to the area allotted for me. There was an assembly line of media outlets. As the artists came off stage, they stopped at each station and did a brief interview.

Sisqo came off stage after singing “The Thong Song.” (I know, we want to forget. But we mustn’t. It happened.)

I held up my recorder and asked my corny questions. 

“What was your most embarrassing moment?”

“What do you wish you did more of when you were a teenager?”

“Who was your first crush?”

He answered. And then he moved down the line to the next interview. 

Then, this dude walks up to me. He’s holding a bunch of wires and tech-y looking stuff. 

“You’re with Teen People?” 

“Yeah. Why?”

“Why are you standing over here? We’ve been waiting for you!” 

Dude hustles me over to a corner, puts a microphone in my hand and then clips something to the back of my pants. I’m thoroughly confused. Then he spins me around and walks behind a huge camera. 

“Okay, she’s mic’d” he says to a team of about four people. 

I’m looking at the mic in my hand. And then up at the camera in my face. It dawns on me. These are on-camera interviews. It turns out I was supposed to interview the celebrities on-camera for some special segment Teen People was doing on a news show AND get the evergreen quotes for the magazine.

I did NOT get that memo. 

I had never held a real microphone in my hand in my life. I had never been on camera and had never interviewed anyone on camera. 

I started to have a panic attack. I didn’t know how to do on-camera interviews! Where was I supposed to look? Was I just feeding the questions or was I actually going to be on camera too?

There was no time to ask questions. Jay-Z had just come off stage and was standing next to me. 

I remember thinking. Wow. He is really tall. And I am really scared because I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. 

Jay looked down at me. I looked up at Jay. Then I turned to the camera guy and waited for him to tell me to start. 

Dude behind the camera yelled out: “SPEED!” 

I looked around, thinking maybe there was something wrong with the equipment and he needed something called speed to fix it. 

Dude yells again: SPEED!

I look at him and just blink. 

Jay-Z elbows me. I look up at him. 

“Speed means the camera’s rolling,” says Jay. “You can ask the questions now.”

My stomach sunk. 

“Right!” I said, fumbling for my paper with the questions on it and trying to unfold it without dropping the microphone. My hands were shaking and I was sweating bullets. 

“So Jay-Z,” I said. “Th-this is…. is for um, for Teen People. The readers would like to know: “What’s been your most embarrassing moment?” 

Jay smiled. 

“I can’t think of one,” he said. “But I know YOUR most embarrassing moment.” 

He walked away laughing that official Jay-Z cackle and I was mortified. 

I somehow made it through the rest of the interviews but every time I got a glimpse of Jay-Z, he was still laughing at me. 

If only the story ended there. 

A few weeks later, I was at a concert. I can’t for the life of me remember who it was. But I remember it was the first time I saw Puffy in person. He was wearing a floor-length black mink coat and I was awestruck.

Right before the show started I heard someone yell out SPEED! I spun around.

It was Jay-Z, just a few feet away, in the cut with his friends, cackling and pointing at me.

If only the story ended there. 

A month later; another show. This one is packed shoulder-to-shoulder. There’s a VIP section upstairs and the industry heavyweights are sitting at tables drinking Champagne. (Hmmmm. Late 90s. I’m guessing it would be Cristal?)

I’m standing on the floor with friends, checking out the crowd.

From above, I hear someone yell out: SPEED! 

I look up. It’s Jay, sitting in VIP, pointing at me and laughing. Again. 

I never interviewed Jay-Z again, unless you count that disastrous one-question interview in 1999. And I never saw him again after that last concert where he saw that little dreadlocked freckle-faced girl who didn’t know what Speed meant and decided to tease her every time he saw her.

But I do often wonder, if I did interview him now would he remember and yell out SPEED and start laughing as soon as he saw me?

Honestly? I think he would. 

Aliya S. King

Aliya S. King is the author of two novels and three nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestseller Keep the Faith, written with recording artist Faith Evans. Right here, she wants to add something pithy and quirky about pancakes or something like in Damon’s bio. But she’s just not that witty. It would feel forced.

  • This is thebest. Lol

  • We only tease people that we like. You’re just lucky that didn’t become your nickname.

  • TeeChantel

    That is a cute story. I’d love to hear what happens when you run into Jay again.

  • Val

    Every time I see the name Sisqo I laugh involuntarily. Lol

    • TeeChantel

      I do, too. He was just too active for me. Always jumping around somewhere.

      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ovzkhwySFnE/VboNi0kRq1I/AAAAAAAAB64/PRda02Wn2RE/s640/2015-07-30%2B07_41_38.gif

      • Val

        I can hear the Thong Song in my head right now. Lol

      • QuirlyGirly

        Yes!! he was soo animated. Flipping, spinning, jumping, dancing. It was like he had ADHD.

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        Yo..he was the Platinum Power Ranger. Show some respect for the athleticism

        • TeeChantel

          lol I’ll show some respect when he sits his @ss down.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Name me a R&B singer that could do such moves in the 90s until today. I’ll wait.

            No amount of pelvic thrusting from Usher, Chris Brown, etc can match the blows Sisqo was throwing at chicks back in the day.

            • QuirlyGirly

              You gotta respect Sisqo. That boy worked hard for his money. Rewind is right! I am hard pressed to think of any other male performer that moved as much and as fast as Sisqo did. And he gave us a signature holler too.. “Yeaaahhh-yeaaay-Yeaahhhh”

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                Besides, he had his moment where he was on mad tracks and they were gold.

                Remember Mya – It’s All ABout Me?

                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzfLg2Bwk4I

                How bad would this song and video have sucked if he weren’t in it?

                • TeeChantel

                  Heyyyyy, this was my jammmm! Memories. But he really did show up Mya in this video.

                  • QuirlyGirly

                    I don’t think he showed her up but he def contributed to the song. His energy matched hers in the video.

                    • TeeChantel

                      Eh. I wasn’t that much of a Mya fan back then. That was my way of giving Sisqo his props.

                  • RewindingtonMaximus

                    He MADE that song and video. Whoever was her A&R rep knew what they were doing

                • KB

                  I still fawn and obsess over Mya

  • miss t-lee

    We really let Sisqo happen though.
    For like years.

    • Val

      We? Lol

      • miss t-lee

        Don’t lie. You jammed to “The Thong Song” or sung in the car to “Incomplete”.

        • Val

          Actually at the time I had a friend who was crazy about Sisqo and the Thong Song and she drove me crazy with it. So if it had not been for her I might have liked him and the song. Lol

          • miss t-lee

            Ha!

          • That song may have the worst lyrics I’ve ever heard.

            • Val

              It’s definitely a top 10 worst lyrics of all time song.

            • DBoySlim

              There are much worse.

              • How many people have you ever heard say something stupid and then sing “I think I’ll sing it agaiiiin”?

                • DBoySlim

                  “Someone left the cake out in the rain

                  I don’t think that I can take it

                  ‘Cause it took so long to bake it

                  And I’ll never have that recipe again”

                  This is from a song that was played on the radio. In real life.

                  • miss t-lee

                    MacArthur Park.
                    And yes…it’s terrible.

                  • It’s a metaphor for losing love. “She had dumps like a truck” is a pretty sad simile.

                    • DBoySlim

                      You are right about that. You can’t take his lyrics seriously. The Thong Song might be the most successful joke song of all time.

                    • QuirlyGirly

                      I have never heard losing love compared to baking a cake. That is like that smoking weed deep.

                    • You know how you had a good relationship ‘cooking’ then you tricked it off (left it out in the rain), then you’re like , “Geez, I’m not going to have it that good, again. (I don’t have the recipe).

                    • Val

                      I’ve always thought those lyrics were pretty clever.

                    • PSA: Don’t get high and listen to Purple Rain.

                  • QuirlyGirly

                    What song is that?

                    • Val

                      MacArthur Park by Donna Summer.

            • miss t-lee

              THIGHS LIKE WHAT? WHAT? WHAT?
              That’s poetic.

              • QuirlyGirly

                I THINK I’LL SAY IT AGIIINNNN!!

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Dumps like a truck?

              Works for me.

              And there has been worse.

              Have you read the lyrics to half the rap songs out last year?

              • Bars ain’t what they used to be.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Couldn’t escape anything Sisqo related in NY back then. He was everywhere…like NY was giving Baltimore a handjob at all times

    • Pinks

      Aye, the thong song was the jam. I can’t vouch for him as a person, but that lil platinum-haired ferret made some hits.

      • miss t-lee

        I remember my sister and I riding around jamming that sh*t hard in my first little beater car.

        • Pinks

          That was me and my cousin. She had just moved in with us from Jersey and had a little Chevy Malibu. That thing could’ve run on water it was so old and dusty, but her radio used to be knocking. We listened to Jadakiss’ “Kiss of Death” in there so much I think the CD got warped. Good times man

          • miss t-lee

            Ah…life was much simpler then.

      • QuirlyGirly

        I jammed to it too. I didn’t even wear thongs-something about material wedged in my butt was not comfortable to my booty checks but I enjoyed bouncing my butt the song.

        • Pinks

          I couldn’t wear thongs when that song came out – just googled – it was 99 and that means I was in 7th or 8th grade. That was around the time I bought my first thong, I remember it was heather gray and had a pink and purple butterfly on the back. My hovering mother looked through my bags when I came in from the mall and took it from me. I asked her if she was going to reimburse me the $9 and she put me on punishment. Heffa.

          • QuirlyGirly

            7th or 8th grade–*doing some cacalations..Oh hayle nawl- you shouldn’t been wearing no thongs. Stick to them full booty draws with the days of the week acrross the butt. LOL!

            • Pinks

              I had 0 business in a thong but that damn song made me think I did lol

          • Ah 1999…I split that between my sophomore and junior years at Rutgers. Fun times…

            • QuirlyGirly

              I had my best times in college during my sophomore and junior years too! Then I had to settle down(a little bit) to be a good example to the incoming class.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Oooooh you had a mouth ha?

            • Pinks

              Still do lol

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                Clearly. So fresh

          • Dee Squared

            That’s a great memory and I’m officially OLD…ugg!
            btw – love that you referenced your mother as a ‘heffa’!!
            That word s/b used more often!

      • Epsilonicus

        The Thong Song is a legit karaoke hit. It makes the panties…

        • Pinks

          Don’t even need to be karaoke for me to turn up. All I need to hear is those violin strings at the opening and I’m LITTTTTTTTTTT

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            <–will remember this information

          • Question

            Not the violin strings!!! Bahahaha!!!

            *I am the same way*

        • -h.h.h.-

          man when i did parties…and dropped that…between that and Juve…i’d get a floor shaking lol

          • QuirlyGirly

            Now Juve- got me on the floor. I learned some of my best twerking moves to that song

          • Juvenile is another cat that was hot as f*ck then fell out. I wonder what he thinks of Lil Wayne now…

            • Brass Tacks

              Wayne, Juve, and Manny Fresh are supposedly teaming up to do an album. I would argue that its 10-15 years too late. But Im hoping it actually makes it past feel good concept to actual product release.

              • Kat

                Let them through…

              • KB

                Juve is still one of my favorite artists

            • Val

              So what does a rapper do about their rap name when it’s Juvenile and the rapper is pushing 40?

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                Juvie still rips tracks…don’t sleep on him

                • Val

                  His name though…that’s what I’m talking about.

                  • RewindingtonMaximus

                    I know…but he doesn’t need to change it, since no rapper ever changed their name just for being in the game too long, except Snoop, and even he changed it back.

                    • Val

                      Lil Bow Wow changed his name.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Ehh…Bow Wow is enough of a problem that the Lil had to be removed after 16 but I get your point

                    • L8Comer

                      Arguably, Lil’ Wayne is just Wayne or Weezy. Young Turk is now Turk. Ima exclusively call him Juve from now on. It’s an odd name for grown up imo

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Haha ok I see your point, but I dunno it still fits him to me

              • L8Comer

                Yeah they need to have more foresight lol. What does Lil’ Bow Wow go by now? Bow? Bow Wow? Shad? Maybe Juvenile can be Juve.

                SN: I always thought the naming of the hot boyz real suspect .. Juvenile, young turk, lil wayne, b.g. aka baby gangsta, and the leader/founder/father figure as Baby. Just always rubbed me the wrong way… Baby is scary to me.

                • Val

                  Remember he was Lil Bow Wow. Lol So now he’s just Bow Wow. Right. what’s up with “Baby” as a nickname for a grown man.

                  • L8Comer

                    I feel certain that man is a predator. Something about him just isn’t right. Yeah at least you can drop the Lil’ when u get older. I just call Lil’ Wayne Wayne or Weezy now.

          • Pinks

            Cash money records takin ova for the 99 and the 2000.

            That might as well be my mating call lmao

      • Dwight Johnson

        The “Thong Song” want the issue. The video is the biggest fault. You don’t make a song like that and have the video of you and your make friends doing ninja tricks in leather at the beach to avoid half naked women.

        The real musical disrespect was “Unleash The Dragon”. We were lead to believe that Sisqo can defeat a drain in a danceable in an alleyway.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          You say that..but between Sisqo & TQ…where do you think the era of Fuckboy & Blues started at? Them gangsta singing songs those negroes made.

          Bruh…this song was lit for anyone except me and I’m still trying to figure it out

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOqBp_878s4

          • QuirlyGirly

            I have never heard this song before. I don’t even know what to say about it. I honestly have no words..

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              That’s what I do. Leave people speechless and force them to do a rewind.

              I’m sorry it happened to you today my friend. I’m so sorry.

              • QuirlyGirly

                That alright- I got caught slipping. It happens to all of us one time or another.

          • Dwight Johnson

            Just like the post about embarrassing clothing from the early 2000s there needs to be a post about R&B songs from that era that led us astray.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Oh don’t give me ideas. I’m already writing one and I’m half way done finding the music videos I was looking for.

              • Dwight Johnson

                All I know if you don’t reference Jodeci begging in all leather in the desert or Omarion sliding in timbs on cobble stone for a random woman you ain’t real.

                • RewindingtonMaximus

                  buahahaha don’t worry I got a little bit of everything, even s h i t you done forgot about.

          • Ari

            This and a lot of Murder Inc. songs had me scratching my head too. But you went way into the Annals of America for this one. This song completely escaped the folds of my brain up until just now. Oh the early 2000s…

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              I’m so sincere when I say I can think of the most random things at a moment’s notice. This video stood out to me because of how much I hated it as a kid.

          • occupiesthethrone

            First time ever hearing this song….and just wow. The Spanish guitars, it’s mad uptempo, but he’s singing about his girlfriend being murdered.I’m so confused. And the video just makes it that much better. It’s so dramatic.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              It is. That first album he had…you can’t tell me these youngsters like Bryson Tiller didn’t have him as the OG.

          • TeeChantel

            TQ! You took it back. I remember when he had those crazy cornrows.
            Edit: I didn’t know he had any hits…..ugh, songs.. I thought he had cameos in everyone else’s videos.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Man I had no idea about that Cali life back then. All I knew was what the Chronic made me think.

        • Pinks

          Lmaoooo I mean Sisqo had allllways done too damn much though. I miss when people went hard in their videos.

          • Siante

            … ///

          • Question

            And his facial expressions. If you had the video on mute and went straight off his facial expressions, you would think he was singin’ ’bout bein saved or meeting Jesus or somethin…

      • KB

        Thong Song dropped my senior year of high school then all of a sudden out of nowhere cats at my school started dying their hair all kinds of colors, getting colored contacts, various piercings and trying to wear patent leather type outfits. I thought about doing that for about 0.5 seconds and was like, ‘nah bruh, yall cats wildin’

      • Petty Levert

        Platinum. Haired. Ferret………Madam.

    • TeeChantel

      I’m guilty. I had Enter the Dru on repeat back in high school.

      • miss t-lee

        I never bought Enter The Dru, but somehow I acquired it.

        • TeeChantel

          Now that I think about it. I don’t think I had purchased the album either. It might have been my little sister’s and I stole it from her.

          • miss t-lee

            I think a friend left it at my place and it just never left.

            • TeeChantel

              Yep. I remember seeing the album cover stuffed into the side door of my car. It was always around.

              • miss t-lee

                You too?! LMAO

                • TeeChantel

                  Yeeppp!

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        There’s no guilt in Enter the Dru. Both Dru Hill albums were LIT.

        • TeeChantel

          I’m guilty for actually enjoying Sisqo. I’d like to think Nokio was the brainchild behind most of the Dru Hill albums. And he was my favorite.

          • QuirlyGirly

            Wasn’t it Nokio that had a kid with Angie Martinez? Talk about out of left field

            • TeeChantel

              Girl, I don’t even know. All I remember he used to always lick his lips and he poured wax (or something like that) down his chest in one of the Dru Hill videos.

              • QuirlyGirly

                He sure did.. I think it was in the”In My Bed” video.

                • TeeChantel

                  Umm hmm.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Yup he did

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            He was. I had no idea how integral Nokio was to Dru Hill until he got Angie Martinez pregnant, and had an interview about his career and baby on the way.

            • TeeChantel

              Quirly just mentioned that. I had no idea he had a baby by Angie Martinez.

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                Yup. She was with Q-Tip and then out of nowhere…preggo by Nokio.

                • QuirlyGirly

                  Wayment!!! I didn’t know she was with Q-Tip. Dang Angie- no wonder she was kinda lowkey about the pregnancy..

                  • RewindingtonMaximus

                    She was huge back then, so it doesn’t surprise me she was dating rappers before it was popular.

                    • QuirlyGirly

                      I remember! I lowkey didn’t care for her too tough but she had all the popular hip hop stars so I listened to her show.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      I’m still trying to figure out how she’s 20 years strong but it happened

                    • QuirlyGirly

                      I think it is familiarity. People are used to hearing her on the radio. I just found out she changed from Hot97 to Power 15 and I was like she still on the radio. I kinda thought she would have moved on by now.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Nope…all the same NYC DJs still have jobs, it boggles my mind.

        • Ille Jay

          Three (Major) Dru Hill Albums…and the 3rd, I would argue…is better than the 2nd. But that’s just me.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            I never count the 3rd one. It just didn’t fit for me. Especially because right after that album, Woody gave it up to the Lord, on live radio, and pissed the whole group off.

    • StillSuga

      Thong Song non-withstanding, his first album was legit

      • miss t-lee

        “Do I have to grab the back of your neck to make you listen to me?”
        We used to just randomly shout that out amongst my friends.

        • Pinks

          Y’all about to make me make a playlist.

          • miss t-lee

            WERK.

          • QuirlyGirly

            I need to get a streaming music service so I can learn how to do this. I need a playlist for all my moods from ratchet to hard rock.

            • Pinks

              Spotify is dope. I use my dad’s cus I’m cheap, but it’s worth the 10 bucks a month for premium

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        First album had some bangers on it

    • That was akin to the generation(s) before us letting Bowie and Jagger do “Dancing in the Street”. We’re all sinners.

      • miss t-lee

        LMAO!!!! And let’s not forget that Stones “Harlem Shuffle” video.

      • Val

        How about Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s Ebony and Ivory. Horrible song.

        • QuirlyGirly

          LOL!! They was trying to bring the world together and then they fell out..lol

          • That’s what happens when you beat a man out of his publishing. LOL

    • Ari

      Thong song was legit. I can’t deny that I bought that CD twice (the guy I was dating borrowed the first one and never gave it back [stole it]) in ’99-2000.

      • miss t-lee

        I mean…he didn’t sell all those cd’s to no one…lol

        • Ari

          Right – people all in denial like they didn’t run to the dance floor or turn up the speakers when they heard that string intro.

          • miss t-lee

            HA!!!! Yup.

          • DBoySlim

            They treat him like Vanilla Ice.

          • QuirlyGirly

            Man- they used to stampede to the dance floor. Chicks could wait to bounce their butt to the song and dudes could wait to be behind the chicks bouncing their butts

          • Damon Young

            this is true. i might have to write an ode to that song one day, because people really try to act like they weren’t going crazy for it in 1999.

            • Heck, we could go in on those late 90s acts. It wasn’t just White teenage girls that were listening to foolishness. That dot com boom moved a scary amount of units of pure pap.

            • miss t-lee

              And we know they’re straight lying.

          • Not sober!

            • He still got paid either way!

          • #facts

    • Brandon Allen

      I’m team sisqo. Incomplete, Unleash the dragon, and thong song are enough for me.

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      No Sisqo shade.

      He single-handidly made thongs an actual renessiance for all women wearing underwear after that song.

      One day everybody in high school is wearing panties. Thong Song comes out. The next month…EVERY SINGLE GIRL IN SCHOOL had a pair of thongs. From where? Who knows. Why would a 15 year old need one? Beats me. But from cougars to tweenies…that song made Victoria’s Secret very rich for 2 years straight

      • miss t-lee

        I’m glad that time has past. Broads were running around showing off the thongs in the low rise jeans.
        It was a dark time.

        • You forgot about the platform shoes. Every chick looked 5’9″ in those joints. To this day, I tend to look at feet when I see someone cute to make sure they are wearing heels. LOL

          • miss t-lee

            Well I’m 5’9 without them. With them, I was towering over folks like RuPaul.
            Good times.

            • Ari

              Tall people unite. The new height of those shoes never stopped us from towering over all of humanity.

              • miss t-lee
                • QuirlyGirly

                  Boo to the tall people

                  *run speedily out of the thread

                  • miss t-lee

                    Don’t be mad at us because your arms are too short to box with…well anyone.

                    • QuirlyGirly

                      BOL!!

              • TeeChantel

                Especially in the Baltimore-DC metro area. I swear every dude here is like 5’5 and under. I’m not sure what’s in the water.

                • RewindingtonMaximus

                  Explain this to me. I came as a humble NYer since 99 and every dude wanting to stunt on NY was like…up to my nipple.

                  How am I to be offended at that rate?

                  • TeeChantel

                    I wish I could explain it cause I’m baffled myself. I’m from Jersey. It seemed like the NJ and NY dudes were always 6’0 and over. All of my exs are at least 6’1 – 6’5. I moved to MD… e’rybody is short.

                    • -h.h.h.-

                      grits make people shorter, that food is documented deviltry

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Noooooo don’t say that.

                    • TeeChantel

                      grits are amazing. but i’m closer to being 6′ tall. so not sure how that works.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Jersey girls….ahhh I’m gonna get flash backs…got in so much trouble over Jersey girls.

                    • TeeChantel

                      What kind of trouble? A bit of a humble brag, but I’d like to think Jersey girls are the most down-to-earth girls on the planet. :-)

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      I never knew Jersey girls could get turnt up til I went to business college. Then I found out about Baltimore house music and how much Jersey girls loved it…and that’s when my clubbing phase began. I was hitting Port Authority like every weekend to see girls just to chill

                    • TeeChantel

                      I went to college in North Jersey in 2001-2005. Baltimore club was really big back in the day. Our college parties were LIT. But I felt like all of my NY peoples hated Baltimore club music. NY always did it’s own thing. Still, NY dudes always had a THING for Jersey girls.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      I really had no idea until I started going to school outside of Brooklyn, and when I went to Howard. Nobody told me yall got so lit!

                    • TeeChantel

                      See, there’s more to Jersey than just the smelly a s s Turnpike.

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      I know now!

                    • L8Comer

                      Nah not all. They in PG County lol. Oxon Hill to be specific. All my exes are also 6’1″ – 6’5″ lol

                    • TeeChantel

                      Aah. I’m moving to Howard County soon (i’m in northern md now), so there’s hope.

                    • L8Comer

                      Good Lordt (never was a fan of northern md, but I guess Baltimore is cool). Well… I’ll pray for you till you make it back down towards the goodness that is in PG and Montgomery Country.. hopefully in time for the spring!

                    • TeeChantel

                      I’m not a fan either, but I wasn’t warned when i first moved down from NJ.
                      But yes, I’ll be there in May!

                • Kourtney Smart

                  Lmao my family is from there and we are all short.

              • RewindingtonMaximus

                Maybe, but for some, they forever looked like crackheads that leaned while they sleeping…always one moment away from busting that a$$ but catching themselves real quick

                • Ari

                  LOL! So see that’s the other thing – we are really high from the ground so with heels it can get uncomfortable after a few drinks. The platforms were dangerous for all kinds of reasons, but I still love my stilettos.

                  • RewindingtonMaximus

                    I distinctly remember during Howard Homecoming, watching girls be tripped while wearing platforms, and hearing dudes say s h i t like “tiiiiiimmmmber”

            • TeeChantel

              5’9 over here too. Todd missing out.

              • miss t-lee

                We good.

            • Sounds good to me.

              • miss t-lee

                *daps*

          • So, I dance salsa, and I wear high heels when I dance. I used to wear 4″ heels but I’ve lowered to 3.75″ or sometimes 3″ in recent years. I’m 5’6″ barefoot, so when I’d wear the heels, I’d *appear* taller. One of my dance partners is something like 6’4″, and I remember years back he was positively shocked when he saw me change back into flats at the end of the night and realized that I wasn’t actually 5’10ish.

            Like, come on. How can you not realize that me taking off heels will make me shorter lol?

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Depends on who you ask.

          Was pretty bright to me. Mainly because I kept laughing at all the wedgies.

          • miss t-lee

            I don’t wanna see anyone’s azz that I didn’t specifically ask to see…so…

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              You lived in the 90s my dear. Between thongs and dudes with sagging jeans, you saw a lot of things you didn’t ask for.

            • Hilarious

  • Pinks

    Hey, he remembered you, which is something lol

  • I imagined the exchange looking something this.

    Another classic story. Looking forward to the next one.

  • Lea Thrace

    We need to figure out a way to get her in the same room as Jay-Z to see if he remembers to yell “Speed.”

    Another great/entertaining story Ms. King. Keep em coming!

    • aliyasking

      I stood out a lot back then: I had braces, freckles and dreadlocks. I think that’s why he kept calling me out when he saw me. I didn’t exactly blend in back then. Now? I’m just an old suburban mom with sensible hair. He wouldn’t remember.

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        Now? I’m just an old suburban mom with sensible hair. He wouldn’t remember”.

        Lemme fix that for you.

        Now? I’m just an old suburban mom with sensible hair with an awesome smile and clout in the game. He wouldn’t remember”.

        There you go.

        • aliyasking

          ***wipes tear

  • God, I have such a thing for Jay-Z and this is like a Brown Sugar x 50 Shades of Grey meet-cute mash-up.

  • RewindingtonMaximus

    Given that I heard Jay is known to throw major shade at anyone he don’t respect…you came off clean. You did your thing too..could have fell apart after that incident and you still did all your other interviews.

    I’m gonna like this series more and more. I can tell.

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