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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."
  • Simphonix says:

    So 1984 I lived in a very small backwater town in the UK called Darlington and was already in to Break Dancing, but to very generic electro/hip hop stuff. You know Break Machine, Captain Rock, Sugar Hill stuff etc. Then one day I went to meet up with some friends for a practice session and they had on the Ghetto Blaster (Boombox) Street Sounds Electro 4 and on came Sucker M.C’s by Run DMC and that changed it all for me. It was so different and HARD!! After that and til this day I am a Hip Hop head til I die.
    After this Songs like King Kut by DJ Cheese and Word of Mouth, Rapp Will Never Die by MC Shy D and Needle To The Groove by Mantronix lead to my path in the Hip Hop world as a DJ. Thank you to all those forgotten early artists who never get mentioned or the real credit they deserve for clearing the path for the rest of this wonderful culture.

  • Mike says:

    I first heard rap in the early 80s – growing up in Manhattan, it was unavoidable at the time. I was a young kid, but remembering liking “White Lines” “Jamonit” and “Roxanne Roxanne” as much as any other pop song. A couple years later, when Run DMC and Beastie Boys and others blew up in the mainstream, I found it kind of unrelatable with DMC’s gold chains and braggadocio and the Beasties’ frat-boy aesthetic, (of course, later I became a big fan of the Beasties and DMC.) I also did not care for the fact that there seemed to be someone blasting Rob Base’s “It Takes Two” for about a year or so, every night, on my block. It wasn’t ’till c. ’89 when I watched an episode of Yo! MTV Raps and saw the videos for De La’s “Me, Myself and I” and BDP’s “My Philosophy,” (I think Stetsasonic’s “All that Jazz” was an early one for me too,) that my nerdy ass really started “getting it.” I think the De La video in particular, wherein our heroes were portrayed as kid in high school getting fucked with by gold-chain-having, b-boy-stancing bullies that really resonated with me. It was only a matter of time until I also got into Public Enemy, and, a couple years later, Quest, LONS and Black Sheep. It just grew from there, I guess. Cypress Hill’s “How I Could Just Kill a Man” getting regular play on NYC’s The Box all-request video cable channel also stands out as something that bugged me out.

    PE and early Ice Cube also stick out because this was a time in NYC where Black-Jewish relations in NYC were really tense and the incendiary things those guys said, endorsing Farakhan, etc. definitely had me wondering what to think, but in my heart of hearts, I kind of knew that these guys were saying some important, radical shit that needed to be said. The fact that half the black kids I’d ride the train with back in those days were wearing PE logos was pretty amazing, looking back. As I got into radical politics via punk rock, I learned to appreciate these hip hop acts’ even more. Ice-T was another one I respected a lot and when I saw his hardcore/metal band Bodycount perform in NYC with an as-yet unsigned and unknown band called Rage Against the Machine and local multiracial New York hardcore band Burn, things started coming together more in my mind.

    ’93-’94 was my freshman year of college; 36 Chambers and Illmatic dropped. The rest, as they say, was history.

  • khordkutta says:

    dang, well i guess i gotta tell the old head story, but its real simple, i heard it hundreds of times before, but once my Aunt got me the Rappers Delight Single on Wax for my birthday i was a junkie, i was about 8 years or so the year about 1979 or 80

  • yungplex says:

    Flash & Melle Mell had it mane.

  • JKA says:

    Born in ’86. Got the Hard Knock Life Vol. 2 in ’98 and was hooked. Got re-hooked when I started listening to Brother Ali, Murs & 9th Wonder, Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, Atmosphere and other “underground” artists a few years later.

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