As an older millennial, there is perhaps no stronger reminder of the inexorable passage of time than seeing the icons of my youth struggle with new technology, especially when that technology has been around for a while. Still, it was pretty hilarious for 2000s rap fans to see Lil Wayne and Nelly, two of that decade’s biggest hitmakers, endearingly confused while trying to set up an Instagram live chat.
As the two titans of rap catch up, Wayne notices the comments coming from the bottom of the screen and wonders, “Is that people saying things to me?” Nelly’s confirmation is probably not very illuminating, as she commented: “Yes, we are both here, they spoke to us … they said ‘everyone is fine,'” she read. Wayne’s next question is a little more pressure: “Can we smoke in here?” “Am!” Nelly gets excited. “Why does everything shine on you?” Wayne Chuckles, apparently unaware that the app allows users to add filter effects during chats. Nelly finally admits openly, “Oh man, I just told you, I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing!” The conversation then turns to fantasy football, with Wayne lamenting the team’s prospects for him. However, it could be worse; Nelly’s last online mess was a bit riskier, and Wayne has always been a bit out of touch.
Fans on Twitter were amused by the snippet, laughing at the fact that the two rappers have apparently reached the age where relatively common gadgets are as baffling as arcane texts (Nelly is 47, Wayne is 39). As one user put it: “They grew up in a different generation so I can’t even clown.” And I thank you, user. Leave us with our Sidekicks from Boost Mobile and Two-Way Pagers from Motorola, while you check out some of the answers below.
— Jamira (@thelifeofjamira) September 23, 2022