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Published on Jan 16, 2009
The trailer of a great movie.
I remember the exact day I fell in love with Hip Hop. (...). Little did I know how much Hip Hop would be a part of my life. (...). Hip hop was as young, naive... confused... sometimes innocent, and sometimes as mischievious as I was. And as I grew up, Hip Hop grew with me... and along the way it took on all my baggage, my dreams... I felt Hip Hop and Hip Hop felt me. And I know that everyone who loves the music feels the same way I do.
For many people Hip Hop was that first friend... the first to talk to us, the first to understand. Hip Hop has always been that kind of friend to me. And like any relationship... I watched it grow, I watched it change.
The union of Hip Hop to the mainstream... was a hard thing to imagine. Hip Hop was always this personal regional thing that belonged to just me. Starting with "Fab 5 Freddie" and Yo! MTV Raps! Anyone with a television set and cable box could get a piece of hip hop. I knew I was gonna have to share... and that was hard to get used to.
Just when you think you know everything there is to know about Hip Hop, it finds a way to surprise you... and remind you why you fell in love in the first place.
So what is the difference between "Rap" and Hip Hop? Its simple... Its like the difference between saying you love somebody... and being in love with somebody. "Rap" is just a word!
I always thought... One day I would outgrow my relationship with Hip Hop. I never thought it was a "fad" like many, but I never thought it could grow and mature. I thought it would be an adolescent memory I'd look back on... like a crush on the captain of the football team. But I realize we have more than that... much more. We have a history... a friendship... We listen to each other... We laugh together... We finish each others lyrics. I dont have to pretend with Hip Hop, and Hip Hop doesnt have to pretend with me. My feelings have never been more clear, and I know they will never go away.