The world of hip hop was born on September 28, 1983, when Eminem and Jay Z recorded their first song: “The Real Slim Shady.” It began a trend that eventually saw mainstream rappers like Nas, Snoop, The Game, and Ice-T take their rap to the masses. Many considered hip hop to be a form of art while critics and fans saw in it the beginnings of a new world order. It’s hard to believe it was one year ago in October.
Where did hip hop originate?
On a personal note, we had been listening to hip hop since we were kids! It was the first music we could talk about and so we started listening to a lot of music when we were kids.
What was one of the first hip hop songs you heard?
I don’t know when exactly but it must have been around 2000! I remember listening to “Who You Ready for the Love?” and thinking that was great because then Eminem came out and I thought, hey, this is me.
How did you start listening to hip hop?
I listened to a bunch of hip hop until I started listening to hip hop songs like “Real Slim Shady” I think. Then my friend (and also one day I was his best friend) said, hey, there is an Eminem song!
How do you enjoy hip hop right now?
Hip hop, like any form of music, will never come back to the way it used to be. It could never be what it was before because the world has changed.
If you could travel back in time and visit where hip hop originated from, where would that be?
I would go back in time to when it was really good because at the time that it was happening, it wasn’t just me in the room listening to it. It was a huge scene! When it started, you couldn’t afford anything and you had to go out and get money. When I was growing up, there was no YouTube because those videos were so bad. They were all a lie.
Could you ever see hip hop making a comeback?
Probably yes. I definitely will be listening to a lot of hip hop in my next life. Hopefully this music doesn’t die out with the new generation.
Can you recall when hip hop started becoming political?
When I was growing up in Memphis, I could never even imagine that. Now, I can’t even imagine. I
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