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Office DJ: Rock out with Nathan and his (very cool) mom

Nathan Wesley sophomore University writer
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Meet Nathan Wesley, a second-semester University desk staff writer.

Every year my mom and I share the same resolution, which is to go to more concerts. We have similar music interest, ranging from "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette all the way to "A Lot" by 21 Savage.

My mom is still in with the new wave of rap music. She used to work at the hip-hop radio station in Greensboro, 102 Jamz, and ever since has kept up with what’s hot and what’s not in the rap community. 

Our musical tastes intertwine the most when it comes to hip-hop and rap. We have spent countless hours talking about artists and their music styles. Music has strengthened our bond to the point where we are an unbreakable duo.

You’d be surprised to know that she knows the lyrics to "Mo Bamba" and will be alongside me in the car rapping every word — of the clean version. We have our own mini concert any time we get in the car. 

Concerts have made me appreciate music even more than I already do, because you get to feel a real connection to the artist and what they are talking about. I've attended countless concerts, including several with my mom.

My first concert was a J. Cole show at the White Oak Amphitheatre. My mom and I drove all the way to Greensboro to see J. Cole. But 30 minutes before his set, the wind picked up and it started pouring rain. Right then, I thought it was over because some people started to leave. My mom and I stayed around, and after about an hour of waiting, he finally came out. My 12-year-old self at the time was on cloud nine when he opened up with "Nobody’s Perfect." The last concert that my mom and I went to was Chance the Rapper in Charlotte, and it was hands down one of the best live performances I have ever seen. 

My taste in music has been largely influenced by my mom. Genres that I frequently listen to are alternative, indie, R&B and rap. 

This playlist is for the concert heads that need a fresh set of tunes for that hike up the hills to class.


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