Back to school looks a lot different these days. Remote learning is the new classroom setting, and it takes some getting used to. As children, college students, and adults continue their education and head “back to school” – from the safety of home or newly reimagined classrooms – Savoir Flair‘s Spotify playlist celebrates another type of school. Old-school hip-hop and R&B from the 90s and early 00s will take you right back to the good old days, when nothing hit quite like the smell of a freshly sharpened No. 2 pencil.
Here’s a quick note to say this playlist exists for the parents (not the kids), the college students (not the elementary students), and the millennials (not Gen Alpha). It’s like that meme: Only 90s kids will get this. There’s something that felt sweeter about growing up in an era when MTV still showed music videos and when pagers were how you “texted” your friends.
It takes growing up in the era to understand how truly weird that ODB and Mariah Carey “Fantasy” collab was, or how confusing that one line of Bone-Thugs-and-Harmony‘s “Crossroads” was because we couldn’t simply Google the lyrics (for the record, he’s saying “and I’m gonna miss everybody”). Spin this playlist and be transported back to a time before masks, Zoom, and social distancing — when things were a little less complicated.