1985: I am born in San Francisco, CA, along with a twin brother.
1994: I first hear Rappin 4-Tay’s “Playas Club” on KMEL.
1997: I first hear Master P’s “Make Em Say Uhh,” also probably on KMEL. I buy “Ghetto D” and listen to the song constantly. I always wonder who the guy answering the phone in the opening skit is, because it sounds like he’s calling himself — facetiously, I guessed — “Rappin Funk Tight.”
2004: I start a blog about Bay Area rap with my twin brother.
2012: I write an essay in a weekly magazine arguing that Rap Genius’s treatment of rap lyrics as data points undermines a more natural and enjoyable, but chaotic appreciation of the music, even if it is full of misunderstandings.
2014: Looking up the lyrics to “Make Em Say Uhh,” I land on Rap Genius and learn that Rappin 4-Tay is the guy who answers the phone on the intro to “Make Em Say Uhh” and he identifies himself, quite clearly, as Rappin 4-Tay; I feel such intense shame I am compelled to share it with the Internet.