The Question is relevant to when you lived the music not just heard about it. For me it was the late 60's early 70's forward when music was colorless and Funk was a a four letter word. Watching Soul melt into P-Funk into Disco into Hip Hop into today. Let me illustrate it here for all my true DeeJays. I don't open the tape vault often. Love Yaw'll!
Old school for me is all of the late 80s early/mid 90s.
the music i came up too!
some of my favorite songs/artist:
Kid n' play - aint my type of hype
lil vicious - freaks
big L - ebonics
nas - the message
El debarge -rhythm of the night
bobby brown - my perogative
all of new edition
lisa lisa and cult jam
shades (destinys child before destinys child)
george krantz - din da da
nobody ever talk about the go-go scene like trouble funk, slim ,EU or rapper dapper snapper , einstine eat em up , davy d ,dr jeckle mr hyde an we cant forget about the house with farley and jm silk kenny jammin jason an so on guess it all depend on where you from