When I put out this sequence to my ‘2001’ mixtape 20 years ago this month, (while still drinking ‘normie’ koolade,) I had no idea how portentous and incisive the sentiments of the introductory montage would be, viewed from an informed perspective 20 years on. This even goes down to the choice of title, (inspired by Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic: 2001’ album of the previous year.) The lyrics to the Nas song ‘New World’ (from 1999) cast him in a new light when you listen to the clear indication of what he knew to be coming.
It took me another 8 years to begin to wake up. I was a slow learner.