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.