What does Hip-Hop mean to me?

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As a child I remember riding in the car with my dad around town.  He would have music playing every time we were in the car together.  My dad would play a wide variety of genres of music but his favorite genres were old school Funk, R&B and Hip-Hop.  Listening to music in the car with my dad got me in touch with old school artists and songs.

Years later, when I was in middle school, I was listening to the album “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A for the first time when I came across the song “Gangsta Gangsta.”  It contained a sample of “Be Thankful For What You Got” by William DeVaughn, a song I remember my dad playing when we would drive around town together.

It was at that moment that I realized that Hip-Hop had deeper roots then what I had thought before.  I realized that artists would take what they had learned from older generations and adapt them to themselves.  It was at that moment when I truly understood what people meant when they said Hip-Hop was a culture.  This is because cultures are traditional, yet they are always changing.

It was at that moment that I realized Hip-Hop is my culture.

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One thought on “What does Hip-Hop mean to me?

  1. Coming full circle. I love this blog because I am Grand Master Dad and I always loved HIP-HOP. Some of it came from my father and his music. R&B, Salas, Jazz and Disco. The rest came from running around in the streets with my friends. Hip-Hop was post Disco and moved me in to Brake Dancing. It was all inclusive with Graffiti Art, Music, Dancing, Clothing and gave me an identity. Not like my brothers Disco and Rock or my sisters Top 40.
    My hero was African Bambaataa and Planet Rock was my anthem. I never thought that I would meet him, but when my son went to see the Soul Sonic Force in concert he met the Zulu Nation, African Bambaataa asked my son for me and went out of his way to come up to me and talk. 30 years later of my love for HIP-HOP started I met the man that set me on my way. Thank You Ghost Effect!

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