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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."
  • Tom says:

    I guess it started back when I was like 6 years old and I heard the FAT BOYS. That got me into rap. There is a tape of me that exists at 6 saying they are my favorite group. Then around the early 90s when I was like 9, I got into pop stuff like MC Hammer and Kris Kross. I listened to the hip hop radio station and I heard mixes by DJ Magic Mike that were amazing and also saw a videos on TV of like Grand Puba, Brand Nubian, and Cypress Hill. I have been in love ever since. I have been hounding DJ Magic Mike for years to get me a copy of that mix he did, but he keeps putting it off. I have it on tape, but the signal from the radio station picked up static sometimes and me being like 8 or 9, I was talking over some parts. I’m getting ready to try to find DJ MAGIC MIKE again and hound him for it. There are too many amazing mixes that will forever go unknown.

  • Hoss says:

    I have a similar story to Pizzo’s…

    I was aware of a few rap acts in the late ’80′s, such as Tone Loc, Beastie Boys, LL, etc., but I was more into rock at the time, like GnR, and U2.

    My homie and I started watching Rap City (from Canada’s MuchMusic), and it took one video for me to abandon rock n roll, and become a hip hop junkie forever…
    That video was “Doowutchyalike” by Digital Underground.

  • WuBrotha#1 says:

    My older siblings. My first tape was Run DMC’s Tougher than leather, and I remember having LL’s Bigger and Deffer. I wasn’t an exclusive hip hop head per se. Our household was full of Cameo, New Edition, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson etc. My FIRST cd was a gift, Biz Markie’s “The Biz Never Sleeps.” My older sisters bumped Ice T, my older brother played Too Short on the sly when my folks weren’t home, then there was 2 Live Crew here and there. There was DEFINITELY my MC Hammer era, Kid N Play, Another Bad Creation, Kriss Kross etc Heavy D and the Boys, MC Lyte…I have to say Kool Moe Dee’s “They Want Money” and Ice T’s “Power” and “I’m Your Pusha” made me want to write rhymes for the first time. But off course I was super young and couldn’t make sensible raps LOL. I was born in 81 to give you a general idea…

  • Aaron Villegas says:

    I was not really exposed to 80s rap. I was born in ’82 and I was listening to Top 40 radio at that time (cause it was all I knew at 5 or 6 years old).

    KWSS played more freestyle than anything. My first exposure to rap was actually Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” AND MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This.”

    I had no idea what that was called until I saw a commercial in ’90 for Bubble Tape making fun of people’s parents for not liking “rap music.”

    I stuck with the R&B stations that played pop rap like Kriss Kross’ “Jump” and such.

    As years went by, I think hearing songs like Dr. Dre and Snoop’s “Nothin’ But a G Thang” (especially that one), Paperboy’s “Ditty,” and even Tag Team’s “whoop there it is,” all got me hooked into hip-hop.

    The first album I actually listened to in 96 was Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. I was hooked. I hated the radio by that time so I started Rap City and got into some east coast stuff like The Fugees and A Tribe Called Quest (I had no idea about their legacy but I took a chance purchasing Beats, Rhymes, and Life as my first album from them).

    Then it went from there. I started buying older CDs/albums from Columbia House (D.O.C. No One Can It Better, De La Soul Is Dead, Sex Packets, etc.), watching documentaries on the history of hip-hop, I had some of my father’s friends (at the time) tell me stuff like why Puff Daddy (this was ’97) was whack and people like Nas were worth more listening to.

    Then in ’98 discovered a few DJs playing underground hip-hop on a public radio station weekdays from 6pm-8pm and the rest is history. The Wednesday Wreck is the last one standing over here in the small town I live in.

    That’s how I got into hip-hop.

  • Aaron Villegas says:

    Starting *watching* Rap City. I should have proofread.

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