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Why I LOVE Hip-Hop

Why I LOVE Hip-Hop

 “Losing when dudes think it’s just music.” – Jigga

When I first heard that line I understood it 100%. I feel like a lot of people don’t understand that hip-hop/rap is WAY more than a song being played through speakers, for some it’s their life and I’m not talking about the ones making the songs.  I mean the fans, the people who constantly support the music. Why do you think hip-hop is so influential? Because of how relatable it is. People quote rap songs daily, including myself because I’ve either done that, can see myself doing that, or apply it to my life in some type of way. Now you can’t go around believing everything in a song because rappers sometimes stretch the truth a bit to make things sound appealing. That’s another reason I love hip-hop because it’s a whole science to it, just like in biology when you dissect an animal, I LOVE to dissect rap lyrics. There’s always something a bit deeper in a rap line than just what the rapper says, to me, which is why some simples rap lines can be the best ones.

Another legendary quote, this time from the late great Biggie, he says, “you never thought hip-hop would take it this far.” I don’t think anyone did honestly, I mean look at what it’s done for our culture and others even if they don’t want to admit it. The motivation it gives us, well at least myself, is incredible. My best shit, whether it is photography, designing, etc. has come from me simply listening to a song to get me going. I damn near can’t work without music; I’m like Miles on hardball. He couldn’t pitch with excellence without listening to Big Poppa and that’s how I am with the majority of things that I do. Play some rap music around me while I’m creating and I’m K’n shit (striking people out for the ones who don’t know baseball that well) with a perfect game.

Just think of all the albums that gave you the game on certain aspects of life. I won’t say that it’ll teach you everything, but it’ll broaden your mind having you say, “damn I never even looked at it that way.” Hip-hop music isn’t anything but an audiobook with a beat behind it now that I think about it *inserts thinking emoji here*.

It’s also a whole style from how people dress to how they speak, it’s a way of life and never will I be ashamed about how it will constantly change the world as time goes on. Especially since it hasn’t been around THAT long to begin with, but I know it’ll always be here to stay.

So thank you hip-hop for being what you are and I’ll always love what you’ve done for me and the many many other people like me who enjoy it just as much.

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