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9 October, 2013@9:11 am

This is an experiment, not that we’ll do anything with the data, we’re just curious. Tell us your personal introduction to hip-hop story. I’ll tell you mine.

I pretty much was aware of hip-hop in the 80′s as a 12 year old, but the first song that really resonated with me was Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing”, followed by “Funky Cold Medina”. I bought the album, but thought it sucked, so I tossed it. After school I would hang at my friend’s house, who would always turn on Yo!, and I saw the video for Special Ed’s “Think About It”. This was probably the coolest thing I had seen at the time, from Ed’s rhymes-within-rhymes, to him piloting a damn hovercraft through the park. After buying Youngest In Charge on tape, and listening to dubs of Public Enemy It Takes A Nation Of Millions album, my love for hip-hop took on a life of it’s own. And the rest is history…..

24 Responses to "Tell Us How You Got Into Hip-Hop."
  • Nfeeltraita says:

    Looking at everyone’s comments brings me to an interesting albeit unpopular conclusion: Pop Rap does have its uses and benefits. Almost everyone here got lured into rap by pop rap and rap that was trendy on the radio at the time like Hammer,Kris Kross etc. This seems to be important in attracting a non rap head to the genre. however, once in the fold, one can then chart his own peculiar course and adjust his tastes.
    and oh, my first hiphop song was “LL cool J’s ” i need love, Back then we used to write down song lyrics in books. even learnt the rap on bobby brown’s “on our own”

  • KC says:

    When I was in elementary school (early 80s), I used to go roller skating every Saturday. When the breakdancing scene blew up, they would clear the floor of skaters once a week, and let people break on the skate surface. I was hooked from that point on. My cousin taped his copy of Raising Hell for me, and I’ve been eating up for the 30 years since.

  • Rico says:

    Walk this way, which quickly led to Raising Hell, then LL Bigger and Deffer, and Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill. “Less than Zero” soundrtack brought us PE Bring the Noise and LL Going back to Cali, and back albums from all of the above, and there was no return from hip hop, a continuous journey to catch up with the past and keep up with the future

  • n8 says:

    As a kid, my parents were intent on keeping me away from rap/hip hop music, as they perceived it to be a negative influence. This ended while stumbling upon Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message,” on Microsoft Encarta, an interactive encyclopedia software for Windows 95, I was 9 yrs old. I memorized all the lyrics, and would rap them non-stop just to piss my parents off, and this soon became an addiction. I decided to dig deeper and collected several now-classic hip hop cassettes (ie: PE,WuTang,Tribe,NWA,Biggie,DeLa,Redman,etc..), and memorized my favorites songs so I could recite them in my head, while in the car with my parents, since they would not allow hip hop in their car. If anything, it made me want to listen to it that much more.

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