If you are anything like me, one look at the lineup for the Mixtape Festival at Hersheypark Stadium is prone to conjure up some nostalgic thoughts. To be clear – I’m by no means belittling the artists that will be rocking out in Chocolatetown on Saturday. Each has done well to establish themselves, has churned out hits over the years and garnered a well-deserved following. But, like, I was in elementary school when some of them were topping the charts.
In any case, you cannot argue with a star-studded lineup that features New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly, Sugar Ray, Salt-n-Pepa and Vanilla Ice. I mean, c’mon – combined, the artists total 14,764,827 likes on Facebook and 4,628,900 followers on Twitter. (How’s that for some star power?)
So in an effort to get you in the mood for the show, here’s a little playlist featuring a hit from each artist (read: a song you’re likely to hear on Saturday). Let me know if I was off the mark on any of these…
Nelly – “Ride Wit Me”
Country Grammar was the soundtrack of the summer I got my driver’s license (do the math). “Ride Wit Me” was on repeat. [Heads up: some explicit lyrics here…]
TLC – “Waterfalls”
I’ll admit it – TLC’s CrazySexyCool was among the first CDs I ever bought (thanks to BMG’s buy-1-get-11-free deal… Remember that?). “Waterfalls” was, is and always will be a killer song. And, one quick look at the liner notes (yeah, I used to actually read the CD booklet), and you’ll see that a young Cee-Lo Green – then a member of Goodie Mob – makes a guest appearance as a background vocalist on the refrain (listen for him – he’s there).
Sugar Ray – “Fly”
This selection has nothing to do with this here publication’s name. “Fly” was the band’s breakout single, and, in truth, it’s the lone song I don’t find ridiculously annoying.
Salt-N-Pepa – “Shoop”
There’s really no explanation needed here. Salt-N-Pepa are early hip-hop royalty. And “Shoop” is just one of many gems they brought to the airwaves (see also: “Push It” and “Let’s Talk About Sex”).
New Kids On The Block – “Hangin’ Tough”
Oooooooooooooooooooooh. Hangin’ tough.
Vanilla Ice – “Ninja Rap”
Move over “Ice, Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice’s cameo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze is hands-down Mr. Van Winkle’s high point. No promises you’ll hear the “Ninja Rap” in Hershey – but, hey, you never know…