Why I Fell In Love With Hip-Hop…

Hip-Hop is more than just music. It’s a culture. It’s a movement, and it’s a way of life. Growing up with older sisters gave me the chance to be exposed to it early in life. From the way that I dressed, walked, spoke, it exuded me.

When I was 15, my daddy bought me an amp speaker and connected to it was a mic, and there is where it all began for me. I started my Dr. Seuss cat in the hat rhymes that very day and no one could get me off of that thing. My sisters were furious with my pops for getting it for me because they couldn’t study or get any peace of mind. I would stay on it beatboxin’ and rappin’ for hours. I soon sharpened my skills though.

15 was a significant time for me in my life. I started college, I was given a new form of life through music, but life was also taken from me. My father was murdered. Hip-Hop and music period, is what I turned to give me a break from reality and to give me some peace. In that moment that I would be engulfed in my cd player, I was able to travel to a different place in a different time…and I felt like everything was going to be alright. That’s why I say I didn’t choose music, music chose me.

I’m lucky to be a part of Hip-Hop as it’s tested and broke the boundaries of music and entertainment as a whole entity. It’s implemented in so many things around us…tv, commercials, movies, ad campaigns, advertisements, endorsements, clothing. Hip-Hop is a brand engine and a commodity. It has molded some of the industry’s biggest music moguls. Hip-Hop and music has molded me and given me strength when I needed it most. What about you? Why did you fall in love with hip-hop?-Shakur

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  • these posts are racist

    I don’t think I would use the metaphor “fell in love” with hip hop, but I used it as a way to escape from harsh realities, motivate and inspire in times i was faced with challenges and new chapters in my life and i enjoy it when i just want to chill. Roxanne Shante’s first diss track in ’86 i think, was when i first got excited about hip hop. I remember thinking…”woah, how cool is this…” and I started dissing my brothers in a rap and have been hooked ever since. The next major connection i had with hip hop was when i was 12, growing up in tough circumstances…I got really into ‘Pac and that shit was like an opiate for my pain.

    Oh…and in advance, fuck Matt Herbz.

    • Detroit P

      Lol..shots fired

      this blog is…”…”…too much rhetoric

    • OG Matt Herbz

      You sounding real shook right now Mr. Gates.

      –OG Matt Herbz–

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    Better late than never…this is the type of subject matter I have been waiting on.

    Any of us with older siblings probably have a story about them getting us hooked on hip-hop and mine is no different. My brother was an avid fan of hip-hop and, since he was born in ’73, he came of age at the perfect time. When he switched his collection over to CD’s, I was able to swipe his Public Enemy, Run-DMC and NWA tapes. That was my foundation.

    By the time I was 12, The Chronic was dropping and Snoop was more than a star – he was a phenomenon. After that, it was a wrap. I went through phases with the types of emcees and sounds [G Funk, backpack rap, etc] but it’s always been hip-hop.

  • these posts are racist

    What up Detroit P,

    Nah, no shots fired…Matt Herbz is a nerd who plays pretend in front of the mirror – he also thinks MC Serch is the greatest rapper alive. I love the D by the way…spent a minute out there…

    • Detroit P

      Lol..tru..well I’m bored as fuck here, ready for school to start

    • OG Matt Herbz

      When you can’t even get your own ideas across without thinking about me, then I know I put in some good work. Your butt still sore from the fucking I gave you yesterday? I would retort to the bullshit that you said above, but not all of it is a lie: YOU DO LOVE THE D.

      –OG Matt Herbz–

      • these posts are racist

        Haha, good one! I see where your head is at kid…now just tell a fart joke and your image of being a clown suburban wannabe is complete.

        Matt, when did you fall in love with hip hop? Matt: Aw shoot, you know…a playa was chillin in his bedroom when the Dr. Dre Aint nuthin but a G thang came on and a brotha…was like ‘hell ya’ thats how we be livin and shit up in Iowa…ya know what i’m sayin? we be livin just like that and so i can relate to that particular life style, na mean?

        • OG Matt Herbz

          I would retort to the bullshit that you said above, but not all of it is a lie: YOU DO SEE WHERE MY HEAD IS AT.

          Like it or not, I’m white and I do have love for Hip Hop. I might not be a corporate lawyer that lives in a CNN-infested hood or know a little about 2 Chicago gangs that used to run shit (into the ground) but I’ll give you this little snippet:

          I’m from Atlanta. I have been exposed to crime and decay my whole life. I’ve seen gentrification first hand, I’ve had friends that were killed for their wallets, I’ve known people that got laid off their jobs without warning, dudes that ride the bus for 2 hours a day just to get to a minimum wage job, classmates that dropped out of middle school to take up weed and cocaine habits…my dad got his pride and joy ’72 Ford pickup stolen right out of our church parking lot in Decatur, I know bitches that have had upwards of 4 abortions and 20 year olds with 4 kids, I’ve seen discrimination against whites, discrimination against blacks, Latinos, and Asians…simply put I’ve seen a lot of shit.

          I’m not here to tell you that I’m more deserving to listen and relate to Hip Hop than you are, but don’t assume for one minute that I haven’t struggled or known “The Struggle” simply because I’m not black. The Struggle isn’t race-specific. The idea of an American Dream might have been invented by white men or white marketers, but it don’t come automatic just because you’re white. That’d be your worst assumption yet, homey.

          I worked for mine, paid for all of the things I have, and never at any point did anyone give me a handout because I’m white.

          It’s amazing that you have lived so long and have seen so much, yet you are still the largest bitch-made faggot on this site. All that rich history of oppression and the culmination of which is some self-righteous comments on XXLmag.com? Are you fucking kidding me?

          I took the day off of work today and I’m spending time with my family. We woke up late, had a lovely meal at a fine restaurant and not once did you (or my perceived image of you) cross my mind.

          But I see you’ve been waiting all night to be the gay-ass “First!” commenter on this video-hoe’s blog so that you could say “Fuck Matt Herbz” Admit it, your feelings got hurt yesterday and it irks you that I could come so correct hitting you back with the insults.

          I’m still here and you’re still not on my level. I could sun you from 100 different angles and you’d still come back to the “White Suburban kid” jokes because that’s really all you got left.

          Your Posts Are Racist

          –OG Matt Herbz–

        • these posts are racist

          quote one line where i ever said anything racist.

        • OG Matt Herbz

          Every generalization you have made about me has been an attempt to define me by my race.

          –OG Matt Herbz–

        • these posts are racist


          I have only clowned you for your usage of the “N” word and your usage of slang urban terms…it has nothing to do with your race.

          In any event, i’m willing to squash this now. In fact, I didnt even come at you yesterday, you came at me for “defending” Shakur…which was fine, but you came at me trying to clown, not discuss.

        • these posts are racist

          …theres a difference between discussing race and being racist. You are white and you use the “N” word…i call you out on it.

        • X

          “…theres a difference between discussing race and being racist. You are white and you use the “N” word…i call you out on it.”
          It’s a difference you haven’t grasped. Every post you clown him based solely on his race. If that isn’t racist, I don’t know what is. If you can tell me how that’s not racist, I would love to hear your excuses.

        • these posts are racist

          I have not said anything racist or racially dergatory. The dude admits hes a fraud…and if you think its OK for a white guy to say the “N” word, you live in the same fantasy land he does…I clown him because he is exactly what movies like White Boyz, by Danny Hoch seek to clown and expose. Indeed he Mocks HIp HOp culture. “OG” Matt Herbz?!?

          Name one thing I said that was racist. I asked him to do the same thing and he failed…now you can try. Or you can find some elementary way of calling me gay or something like Matt Herbz did.

        • X

          No name calling here, TPAR. I don’t defend and have never agreed with ANYONE using the n-word, whether it’s him OR you. You may not have said directly “I hate white people”, but your prejudicial view is evident.
          1/2. The post where you assume that he must live in the suburbs or country because he’s white and likes hip hop and thinking he’s a clown for the same reason are just two examples.
          3. Assuming he hates Shakur only because she’s a female and is expressing his insecurities because he doesn’t like her music are others.
          4. Assuming he has problems with black people is another.
          5. Saying he was claiming to dislike Shakur’s music only to justify his insults and claiming he’s a nerd just because he doesn’t like her music, while implying he’s a women hater even though he takes on her specifically as opposed to all women, is still another.
          6. And still another is assuming he must be some character out of Malibu’s Most Wanted just because he’s white.

        • Monty B.

          If you are white and you’re using the “N” word in a public forum. I believe you should be called out as a racist.

          Seriously. When did you think that would be a good move for you?

        • OG Matt Herbz

          @ Monty

          I deaded that a minute ago. I used to like the fact that no one could argue logically about me not using the word. I never used it in a derogatory manner (though TPAR disagrees) but I’ve since moved on. TPAR is a fanatic about words and their perceived meanings, and he’ll be willing to go back and forth all day about that shit, but in the end, it was never about belittling or defaming one group of people or another.

          If anything, I was happy that it showed how played out the whole Hip Hop slang had become. It was a trip while it lasted, but like all things, it must come to pass and now we got some real thoughtful cats on here that want to have real discussions, so I’m deading that in favor of a more mature and honest Matt Herbz.

          The “OG” in the name is simply implying my status as an old-timer in this blog shit. I was hitting up Sohh.com for years under various aliases and when that shit went under, I branched out and started doing my thing here. I’ve seen personalities come and go, or maybe they just changed names…either way, I’m still on here, doing my thing, waiting for news on OB4CL2, Slaughterhouse, and new acts like…um, Shakur.

          @ TPAR

          Consider it squashed, then. But leave here knowing that your mental image of myself is not accurate. I don’t even live in the suburbs, but the term “suburban” implies a lot of shit that would implicate me or anyone else as a fraud. But just like anywhere else these days, the suburbs are home to gangs, thieves, murderers, and displaced youth, too. That idea of a suburban kid that knows Hip Hop culture only by watching television is largely becoming outdated. The middle class is slowly being wiped out and while my side of town might not be as gritty as your hood, you need to know that people are struggling over here and their race or background is not singular.

          –OG Matt Herbz–

        • these posts are racist


          No doubt. I agree with your last paragraph and while a lot of what I have said to you has many implications, I have to be clear that I did not mean them. This is what happens when I made the mistake of going in between clowning and serious discussion. The rules for clowning are the not the same…and i erred in that respect, both in how i blurred the lines in my comments and how i recieved what you are saying.

          moving forward, ill take your funny comment for what they are…My bad and i think i just misunderstood a of your intent.

  • http://www.twitter.com/socialite149 Victoria Page

    For me it was the year 1992, I was 12 years old and like the previous poster, I fell in love with the Chronic and stayed glued to my only hip hop outlet which was Rap City. And let me add here that was when Rap City showcased ALL hip hop acts not just who was popular by the masses. Then came 1995-1997 which in my mind was the best era in hip hop. Thats when we played that Purple Tape until it popped. And during that time it was just about your lyrical content and your production. No gimmicks…just beats and lyrics. I know I am not by myself when I say that I miss when hip hop had something to say or it told a story or it was original….

  • Oz

    You finally came different; I’m glad you gave the I-me-my-talk a rest. Writing may not be your strongest skill but I like the fact you’re trying to do better. Props

    I always admired the skill to rhyme and naturally fell in love with rap at first and of course eventually hip-hop. I don’t think HipHop is dead but it does sadden me that this could be true for rap.

  • G2

    What up Pierzy?!
    You really stole my thunder. My older brother was born in ’71, so my younger brother and I, ’83 and ’81, were literally raised on hip-hop. From performing Run-DMC tracks for the older heads, to reciting Kool Moe D’s “I Go To Work”, rap has always been my soundtrack. Almost too much so. My ex took a look thru my cd collection and asked me what do I play to set the mood, lol! But that’s how I came up, my momz didn’t play much music around the house so it was pretty much all rap.

  • General

    Shout outs to all the older brothers!

    I also got my first taste of hip hop by ridin in my older brothers car listenin to Whoodini, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Big Daddy Kane, Eric B. and Rakim, Too Short, NWA, D.O.C.(before his voice got fucked up I really believed no one could do it better), BDP, man I could go on for days, oh yeah can’t forget King T (Super Nigga, LOL)…

    I remember always hangin out my older brother and his friends and just debatin who had hotter tracks and who was the greatest and all of us wantin to write our own rhymes and battle…

    Its those days when we would run to the corner music shop to get the latest joints before anyone else…

    It was always the emotions of the music that got me, whether it was sadness, anger, good times, or just that feeling that your nicer than anyone else on that mic…

    I’ve been lucky enough to continue to live hip hop through the music in my life and I will everyday until I’m in that pinebox

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      What up G2 & General…

      Seriously, without older brothers, not only do you not get exposed to the music as quickly, you don’t know the (his)story.

      D.O.C. is a great call. That is someone that, in PA, only dudes with older brothers had heard of. Everyone else called him “The Doc”

      • General

        What up P?

        Yeah D.O.C. had me wildin the fuck out (no Nick Carrey) when he dropped his first album…

        Those were the days of you either go hard all through your album when you got a shot or you went the fuck home.

        I remember we used to all argue over who was tighter with them verses between D.O.C., Cube and Ren (The Villan in Black), “Grand Finale” was a classic on there

        • El Tico Loco

          Ice Cube owned “Grand Finale” (when I blast/ I’m solid as Alcatraz/ and if you escape you better swim fast) but that whole album is sick from start to finish.

  • abdulnasir

    born in 84 i got into hip hop when i moved back to nigeria (’97) from the middle east. i started boarding skool and didn’t know nobody in the freaking skool, so i started writing what would eventually be rhymes.

  • http://bigoneonline.wordpress.com bigone

    Oh, wow, you’re so deep.

  • P. Harris

    I don’t know about everyone else but I really fell in love with hip hop around 1989, 1990, 91, 92, before then it seems like TV was saturated with wholesome rap like Will Smith, Kid N Play, and shit like that… I won’t front I was into that shit but that’s all the radio played…

    We didn’t have cable up until around this time so I’d really say rap city made me fall in love with Hip Hop… I still can’t believe Rap City is gone… Even though I abandoned Rap City in its later years, the initial rap city from Chris Thomas all the way thru Joe Clair and Big Les, I watched that shit every damn day… I recorded it on VHS and watched it again at night when it wasn’t shit else on TV… Every saturday I’d record the top 10 when they started doing that. Then we’d (neigborhood kids) would come outside and talk about the number one video, we’d bust our little corny ass raps and beat box… etc.

    Anyway the domino effect of rap city lead to me getting into Gangstarr, Jeru the Damaja, Redman, EPMD, Keith Murray, Das EFX, Black Moon, Smif N Wesson, OGC, Heltah Skeltah, BCC, Masta Ace, Ill and Al Scratch, Cru, Da Youngstas, ATCQ, Leaders of the New School, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Diamond D, I can’t name them all man… and when Wu-Tang Dropped… OMG, yo, it was over… I spent all my money on hip hop… I mean like I loved hip hop so much that I hustled blow pops in 6th grade for a 10 cent profit on each, ya feel me! I had to have that Tribe album by any means feel me… I got caught stealing Hard to Earn by Gangstarr… code of the streets was my Jawn, feel me!!! The real tape sounded so much better then what I recorded off the TV through my boombox speaker on a TDK… LOL… I’m out!!!

    P. Harris


    Coming Soon “The PH Scale”

    • Enlightened

      I don’t understand when people say stuff like Will Smith and Kid N Play was all the radio played.

      I don’t know where y’all niggas grew up but I’m from Wisconsin of all places and shit – Milwaukee even had an all rap station back then and a couple more that was mostly rap and we was getting underground shit out the frame.

      I thought back then was the one true time where you could get all that shit.

      • Enlightened

        And another thing. Why people always try to throw Kid N Play in that category like they was some bubblegum ass niggas?

        People get it twisted cuz they was the first niggas doing movies, but go back and listen to “Do This My Way” and “Gettin Funky” – they first two singles.

        Them shits knock right now today. That shit was real hip-hop

    • P. Harris

      I feel what yall saying but I’m from Raleigh, NC… Our first underground station was 88.1 and that was college radio…

      As far as Kid N Play and Will Smith and all that, yeah, I was into that shit, I’m not saying I didn’t like them, it’s just that I was fed red, green, and blue… That’s all the colors I had to work with… But the first time you get exposed to purple, orange, or brown, it’s like where did this shit come from???

      so i’m not knocking them niggas at all… it’s just when I played “Parents just don’t understand” in my room loud one year it was cool but when I started bumping “Who got the props” it was like cut that shit down…

      It’s different….

  • http://myspace.com/ATLatino El Tico Loco

    This was the 1st type of music in English that peeked my interest, and I just happened to be Uptown living near the biggest graveyard I ever seen in my life(152 and Bway), fresh in the country but it caught my eye, maybe the fact that I already saw Wild Style thru a cousin that joined the military and went to school up there, so I already picked up on breakdancing and I was living in Panama at the time so the dress style was already in tact. Soon as I got my Visa and saw how it all tied in, and everything started to click for me. So boom I picked up DJing playin with my stepfather’s equipment (no homo), and a crate diggin passion for gettin shit nobody got on wax got started, so I called myself tryna break in records and my scratching and blending and backspinnin game evolved. Sadly it was when I moved South that I started beatboxing and when my English got decent I picked that pen up and got real, real sick wit it writing is more addicting than anything else and I haven’t turned back since, so this is my girl since the plane landed.

  • HNIC

    Word up, Ms. Shakur! I appreciate the thought & effort that you put into today’s post! Sorry to hear about your Pop’s passing, by the way.

    I first became interested in hip hop around the time when I first heard, Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick’s, “The Show”. That was my joint, right there! Then around ’86, I heard RUN DMC’s “Raising Hell” & “Tougher than Leather” & the Beastie Boy’s “Licensed to Ill” cassettes came out, when I was about 8 or 9 years old. They were all bootleg tapes that I had gotten from a friend, who dubbed them for me. But, I played both tapes, non-stop, for weeks, until the tapes popped. (Word to B.I.G.!) I later got into the Fat Boy’s, Fresh Prince & Kool Moe Dee. Remember, I was only 9 at the time, so back then; it was definitely a different era, musically, & otherwise.

    As I got older, I started to listen to rappers from different regions, everyone from LL Cool J to the Geto Boys to NWA & everything in between. But, the first album that I kept in constant rotation, when CDs were introduced to the masses was Dr. Dre’s “Chronic” & shortly thereafter, Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle”. I can still recite verses from both albums like I’ve recently heard them. Classic material, indeed… although, I still had love for the early backpack genre, like A Tribe called Quest, Leaders of the New School & De La Soul. Then later, I got into Outkast, Goodie Mob, Camp Lo, the Pharcyde, Black Sheep, etc… etc…

    I just listened to good music, period; regardless of where the respective emcee’s where from. So, I was disturbed when the whole East Coast/West Coast division was introduced, back in ’96/’97. Being from the Midwest, I wasn’t directly affected by it, but, I was & still am a huge Pac fan, but, I also had respect for B.I.G.’s music, as well. So, I was torn between choosing sides, so I never did. I just maintained the resolve that I was simply going to do me & just listen to everything that I liked. As you can see from the aforementioned artists that I’ve mentioned, I had an insatiable appetite that only hip hop could satisfy. And it’s been the same, ever since.

    Now that I’m 31, I still love hip hop music. Although, I’m more much selective with my musical choices, due to my age, having a daughter & due to the lack of quality music that has saturated the market, as of late.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    Early 80′s (I was about 7). My uncle used to listen to King Tee, Ice T, NWA, LA Dream Team, Mixmaster Spade. From there I found my way to 1580 KDAY, & been a Hip Hop head ever since.

    First album (cassette tape) I bought myself was Cool J, “Radio”.

  • Silly Willy

    I knew you had it in you somewhere……the subjects, I mean. Glad you finally let it out. Appreciate it!

    Hip hop was already a global movement when I got into it. No big brothers to introduce me. Just a mother who taught me to understand and appreciate good music. She exposed me to a very wide range of music style, she played the bass, and sang non-stop. And since I was living in a place where spoken words is a tradition (and I don’t mean like slam or rap or anything, but the origins, the jijy, kabary, sokela, beko or vakisaova where I come from), I got naturally driven to it. I still remember bobbing my head to songs I couldn’t recite because, well, I didn’t even speak english at that time. But I remember the beats, the hooks, and when I was 12 and I saw a local rap group perform in my native language (malagasy), I thought how cool was that !!!! When I finally got to understand english, I researched all those old beats that I used to hear and love back when older cousin played it on the tape, and found out those marvellous sounds were from something called Reasonable Doubt (I vividly remember the first time I heard Feelin’ It, without understanding it), Ready to Die, Resurrection, Ironman and another one called G Funk Era…….(that Regulate man, it got me). When I got older, it became a soundtrack to my life and I did my homework to get to know all the gems made from the beginning. By the time I was 18, there was no way back……….I wasn’t born in a hiphop related culture, now I’m in it for love of the artform. I was lucky to meet hiphop…

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/EmCDL EmCDL

    My first foray into hip hop was back in ’93; my sister had given me her cd player at the time and gave me her cds as well…I was listening to Mint Condition, MJ, and PM Dawn on the regular. I listened to that PM Dawn album to death (The Bliss Album), since that was all I had at the moment and my mom wouldn’t get me any rap albums or really let me listen to it; I even had to sneak around and watch Rap City whenever I had the chance. I was into other music at the time as well, but hip hop really grabbed me.

  • http://myspace.com/atlatino404 El Tico Loco

    First 12″ maxi singles “Needle to the groove”,”Its Yours” (same day purchase)

    First album purchase “King of Rock”
    First cassette “Back to the Old School”
    (Gemini and Gnome make the best album covers ever)

  • Around and Around

    Man, 1988..NWA – Fuck the Police

    I was 9 years old and thought that was the baddest shit I’ve ever heard.

  • Escobar9300

    Damn good post, and no I’m not talking about Shakur’s blog, that shit was super weak. I’m talking about Herbz reply to that mark ass clown TPAR. Cold as hell.

  • render

    “It’s implemented in so many things around us…tv, commercials, movies, ad campaigns, advertisements, endorsements, clothing. Hip-Hop is a brand engine and a commodity.”

    not tryin to get into too much blatant hateration, cause the comments seem to be going well for you right now

    but damn…apparently the reasons you love hiphop are the same reasons I hate it right now

  • The Southern Comfort

    I had an older brother but he was a techno/rock fiend and my folks were old school. I’m from africa myself so was never really exposed to much else until i was 11 and a friend put me onto LL and Pac – california love was new! gotta admit my first album was No Way Out (victory still bangs though) but slowly pieced together some knowledge and a collection, over time got to know what I digged and didn’t. i loved that featured artists used to be so for a reason and you could follow a thread almost through the music, i love cypress hill and through them have got onto dilated peoples, psycho realm, the soul assassins stuff, GZA – i’m still buying early 90s albums and filling in some blanks but hip-hop, whilst not really going so well now, is so deep i know this is for life.

  • The Southern Comfort

    And a shout out to the Commission and the other regulars – this site never lets me post but your comments are a real education (and worryingly informed) and they keep me coming back.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      Good looking family. That actually means a lot.

      In ’82, me 7 my boy Equality went to Harlem World to see
      The Cold Crush Brothers, Funky 4 Plus 1 More(Sha Rock was the first ill female mc, check her out Shakur), and Charlie Chase was on the 1 and 2′s.

      When I walked inside, the fashion(leather bombers, sheepskins, rope chains and fur hats) had me open. Dudes wearing leather pants, gold teeth, with crispy ass shell toe adidas on.

      Then Cold Crush got on THEY ROCKED! Harmonizing, stage presence, tight rhymes(Caz was a beast!), the whole performance had me mesmerized.

      We left that show with a new love. Hip hop.

      And of course some phone numbers. This show had me on a rap binge where I would go to Red Parrot, SkateUSA, Union Square, and all the other spots practically every weekend.

      I have been a part of hip hop since the beginning. My OG status is solid.


    i would say back in 92-93 that was rap got it’s hold on me. it started with the chronic and then doggstyle. then when the wu-tang came out it was over i was checking for everything that was coming out. my first 2 rap albums were doggstyle and the first wu cd.

  • Sleepy Wonder

    I Saw TPAR And Detroit P Walking Out Of A Motel 6 Last Night Together… Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That.

  • Sleepy Wonder

    Unlike Most Of You I Didn’t Have A Older Brother, But I Did Have An Uncle That Was Living With Us. Every Saturday He’d Wash His Car Outside While Bumping Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim You Know, The Greats. I’d Be On My Skateboard Out There And He’d Be Rapping Some Lyrics To Me, But Unfortunately I Didn’t Pay Too Much Attention To Him, I Was Five. He Moved When I Was 7 And I Was Into Michael Jackson At The Time, My Pops Was Into Motown And Moms Was Into Her Spanish Music. So No More Hip Hop Until I Reached The Age Of 10. It Was ’96 When We Had Some Family From NY Stay With Us For The Summer (We’re From LA). My Older Cousin Brought His Walkman And In It Was “It Was Written”. Everyone Left To Go Shopping One Day, And I Noticed My Cousin Forgot To Take His Walkman. So I Took Advantage (Picture “Take It In Blood” Beat Playing In The Backround). That Marks The Day I Fell In Love With Hip Hop.

    “I Never Brag How Real I Keep It, Cuz It’s The Best Secret”

    • CrunchyBlack187

      “Take It In Blood” is the shit. I love the whole album.

  • CrunchyBlack187

    I always liked Hip-Hop ever since I was a kid, my mom used to like the song “California Love” and played it in our car tape player, but I really started getting into it when I started listening to 2Pac heavily in like 05′ and 06′, ever since 2005 I’ve been pretty much consumed by Hip-Hop musically. Rap is about 90% of my music library.

  • http://www.bboycult.com www.bboycult.com

    GOOD GIRL!!!

    now go and tell other females of the world that LISTENING can get great results with men.

    and to your handlers, who got it right after 3 days of negative feedback, get your game right. baby could have a career if you guys are wise enough to keep her with the proper placements, and proper content that mirrors those placements. cause it was horrible for your client for the first 3 days. that means it was horrible for YOU.

    now, do the right thing and APOLOGIZE. i do appreciate the new approach. it’s not condescending or out of context. but it does just blow by the first few days of actual disregard for the constituency as well as the ACTUAL INSULTS you threw at all of us on this site in your last post. not because we deserve it. and we do. but because IT”S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. and from a public relations point of view, the SMART thing to do.

    look at how the air cleared. so no one was hatin on you, love. we were hatin what you were DOING. thats a vast difference. and please remember these lessons learned for the next place you touch down. cause some of us might be there too. if not actually, then in spirit. cause some one somewhere will feel like me.

    now tomorrow, end it off strong. shout out your supporters through the ruff days like Chilly Willy, a stone gentleman, and TPAR who can feel chivalrous at the expense of the lashing he recieved at the end of Matt Herbz’s keystrokes (you love the D! how could you miss that before pressing “add comment”?!?). and there were others who wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt. go thru the previous posts and give them a shout as well. let them know you were listening. and that you APPRECIATE it. don’t make it seem like it was all your idea. thats not being a thorobred.

    as for me, i’ve got a new facility opening in Philly this month. 3600 sq. ft. of lounge, weight room, performance venue and high definition mixing and mastering. stop thru. i’ll treat you just like Will did.


    • Chilly Willy

      Fuck the silly shit!

      What’s up, bboy ! Appreciate it !

    • Silly Chilly Willy

      I’ve mellowed out now…..

      What up, bboy? Appreciate it, man !

    • Silly Willy / Chilly Willy

      Been here from ’06, silly shit won’t change…

      What up, bboy! Appreciate it, man !

    • Chilly Willy

      Mellow mood has got me, word to Bob……

      What up bboy ! Appreciate it, man!

    • Silly Willy

      What up bboy ! Appreciate it, man !

      • http://www.bboycult.com www.bboycult.com

        u got it homie. give credit where it’s due, yah’meen?

        • stlyes11

          To http://www.bboycult.com
          Dude your blog is nice, I mean real nice. And finally a nice look shakur xxl wldnt post my last comment but i did promise myself that if you showed me some brain and id support your ass so you got my vote.
          Me fell in love with hip-hop back between 98-02. I remember My sister copin Eves Scorpion, Missy Elliot’s E, Ja Rule 3:36 (ya Ja rule part of the reason I got hooked) some DMX, Dr Dre, Eminem and A compilation of the best Hip-Hop songs from 98-99 since then I was hooked. Since then Ive been diggin back in time. I really dont like about 92% of the music thats been released after 2001. My fav has to be the 90′s hip-hop that shit was straight sick

  • Pana

    Syk I can def relate to you. I’ve been listening to hip hop since Rapper’s Delight dropped. We had the “12 vinyl cause my pops would by us any record that he thought was groundbreaking at the moment. He’s Panamanian (what up El Tico) so he just wanted to be on top of whatever was poppin. But I really fell in love with hip hop when Eric B & Rakim dropped “you know I got soul”. That song did something to me. It made me feel connected to a community if individuals who felt the same way I did whenever I heard hip hop music. The same goes for “ain’t nothing like hip hop music” by Stetsasonic. It changed my life. Opened a window in my mind I didn’t realize was even there.

  • Pana

    Btw. My first album ever purchased was MC Shan’s single “left me lonely” ft. TJ Swan! Ha! I got it from King’s Plaza Mall (BK stand up!) in ’86. It cost $11.99!

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      Damn I miss when King’s Plaza was popping!

      Dudes had to tie them sneakers up though or you weren’t wearing them home…

  • Pana

    Good job Shakur. You ignited a great conversation about hip hop.

  • http://youtube.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

    I got introduced into hip-hop/rap when I was only like 4 back in 1990…

    Back when I stayed in Overtown in the Culmer Villas (if you from Miami, you know where I’m talking about) DJ Chipman, the guy credited for the PB&J song and dance, DJ’d outta our fourth room and passed me the mic while he was mixing some Street Fighter sound effects into the Express Yaself beat… I couldn’t spit, so I ran my mouth. The rest is history…

    New vlog up, fools. youtube.com/federalranga And hell naw, I’m not gonna address the Brisco bullshit…


  • ezeerblooc

    I noticed most people were introduced to hip-hop by an older relative or friend, just as i was. Even though I was born in ’88 i was schooled on classic hip hop so i knew about run-dmc Big daddy kane,KRS-one,Africa Bambaata, Public enemy, NWA, etc. Its funny how that cycle continues. the other day i was riding with my cousin who is 15 and we were listening to the radio when a song came *keri hilson ft kanye west not sure of the name* and in kanye verse he said something like “hey world i’m the new slick rick” when my cuz was like “who the hell is slick rick anyway??”
    I almost drove off the road from hearing such a question. but the next day i let him have my copy of the Adventures of Slick Rick and now thats all that man listens to!

  • capcobra

    i was born in jamaica queens during the mid 70′s to 2 teenage parents…so hip hop basically been around my whole life..i really can’t recall a moment without it..so for me that’s like asking “when did you realize that you loved your grandmother”….i can’t pinpoint a specific time because the love was genuine and it came natural…all i know is this your best post so far babygurl….good job…i wished this was mondays post…lol.

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    I did’nt even read the blog….

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Next time when i do read & grasp what this blog all about i will leave some worthy comments as…
    4 now apoloygies 4 being so rude 2 your stupidity that i find these trying & boring 4 my wisdom.

  • Teddy

    zzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZ wheres the apollo sand man

  • argggg

    seriously what. how is this an article????? sprinkling little bits of bullshit into a story about random rhetoric is not a fucking article!

    lemme see if i can write something along these lines:

    hip hop is so international, it’s touched so many people in china, africa, asia, antarctica, south america, it’s broken so many boundaries and done so much. i love michael jackson, he set the foundation for what would become hip hop. my daddy got killed, but at least i got to be part of somethign that breaks boundaries.

    you’re an idiot. there’s no possible way these are ghostwritten either, it absolutely reeks of the stupidity and oblivoiusness of someone who has no clue as to what they’re talking about.

  • Dee2007

    First taste of Hip Hop was in 95. Mom’s was always jammin 2pac or anything West Coast. Saying “fuck the east coast” right along with 2pac. Shit our anthem in my house was hit me up by 2pac lol. My moms used to school anybody on 2pac knowledge and the legendary west coast. Her being a poet she taught me to listen to the lyrics before the beat but a song needs a beat to live just like ya body. After he died she started to slow up on Hip Hop itself. That’s when she started to get into the church and became a certified Christian. No Hip Hop was allowed in my house from 98-03. I started Jr. High right when that beef between 50 Cent and Ja started get big. I didn’t know shit bout anything but when I heard “Wanksta” that’s became my anthem. The way 50 was spittin when he was consider the Big Badd Wolf and I used to co-sign them niggas all day. Bought all his mixtapes and became a New York Cat that was until I heard Jeezy and T.I in 05. Ha that shit brings back memories. Good shit Shakur that’s the type of shit I been waiting for