Student 2: Tupac? Who’s Tupac?
Everyone else: #$!#!%#!!!@@%!!#!*& WHAT!?!?! (small riot ensues)
Student 3: I’m dead serious now—do you know who Tupac is?
Student 2: I don’t know who Tupac is.
Everyone else: … (stares of disbelief)
Student 3: Okay, okay, so who’s B.I.G.?
Student 2: B. I. G. Big? What’s big?
Everyone else: !@#@!!$@#@*!#&!@*!&##!!*
Spring is clearly here; I had 4 students in one of my classes today. I let a budding rapper indulge us by sharing one of his new favorite songs (we are days away, after all, from our final exam, so I was okay with giving students a breather). It was during this conversation that one student exposed something that everyone else shamed him for–his unfamiliarity with two hip hop legends.