For those who are regular users of Uber or Grab, y’all should know how exciting it is to ride with a driver whose musical tastes match yours exactly, right? You just end up jamming out to everything on their playlist right there in the backseat, maybe Shazam a song or two. But what’s important is that when you finally reach your destination, it’s a confirmed five stars ride. You’re happy, the driver is happy, everyone’s happy.
Chances are, the drivers are lowkey stereotyping you. They are most likely to judge you at first glance and fired up a playlist based on a quick generalisation. It sounds a little judgemental and messed up on the surface but let’s be real here, we don’t mind being judged as long as the music’s good.
This is exactly what an Uber driver from America named TJ Jones does. In a viral tweet, Jones explained, “So I just started driving for Uber and Lyft and I’ve been getting a lot more compliments on my music since generalising my passengers by 1 of these 9 playlists.”
Basically, he made a set of playlists with titles like “quiet ppl”, “heady bros”, and “basic 20-30s”. Then whenever he picks up a new passenger, TJ quickly generalises them into one of those 11 groups and presses play on their corresponding playlist. He’s been getting nothing but compliments when the tweet went viral. As he is from America, the playlist is more obviously geared towards the people there.
If you’re what Jones perceives as “quiet ppl,” you’ll be serenaded by a mix of Frankie Cosmos, Local Natives, and Sufjan Stevens. If you’re a “heady bro” on the other hand, a blend of Nirvana, Tame Impala, and Mac DeMarco will soundtrack your ride. Sounds about right, to be honest.
Now the fun part, which of the nine generalisations are you? Scroll down to see the full playlist:
1. Quiet People
2. POC (People of Colour)
3. F**kin Hipsters
4. White Male Early 20s
5. Early 20s Female
6. Heady Bros
7. White Dude Who Looks Like They Rap
8. Basic 20-30s
9. Thirty Plus
It’ll be cool if someone from Malaysia did this too. We could already imagine tittles like “Abang Jiwang Rock” or “Young Adult Who Probably Only Parties At SIX Bangsar”.
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