I pride myself on my networking skills, but I have to say, I have now taken it to a whole new level.
At the pool the other day, I overhead a couple chatting and made an inserting remark into their conversation.
We got to talking and it turns out that the guy is a member of the rap group, Public Enemy.
James “Bomb” Allen (should I call you “Mr. Bomb?”) and I had a long chat about the history of rap and who the artists they most respected were (Run DMC, LL Cool J, and Beastie Boys) and some of the craziest moments in the band’s history (Redding UK festival where they had no idea where Flavor Flav was and then he just came flying onto the stage).
We also talked about the anti-Semitic controversy in the early 90’s (all a misunderstanding, apparently, according to James.)
Seriously cool guy and down to earth. So was his wife. It was a fun peek into a group that has impacted America.
And all the while, our kids are playing in the pool.
And, in the “street cred” department…before this, I was one step removed from ppl like Obama and Netanyahu, but these are easy.
BTW, you can follow James on Twitter, if you want.