We reminisce over you: Snippets from Side B, and my love letters to hip-hop, Vol. 1 ❤️

We reminisce over you: Snippets from Side B, and my love letters to hip-hop, Vol. 1 ❤️

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"..I met this girl when I was 10 years old, and what I loved most, she had so much soul....she was old school, and I was just a shorty, never knew throughout my life she would be there for me.." ......that's when I first fell in love with hip hop. And over and over again, in many different ways, in different places, in different spaces, on many different occasions... I still love H.E.R. We all have our brown sugar. I was 7 years old when A Tribe Called Quest released their debut album "People's Instinctive Travels and the Path of Rhythm." To you, 7 years old might be too young to comprehend and relate to the complexity, and even the simplicity of hip hop, but don't underestimate what was going on in that brain of mine..I was in first grade reading on the 8th grade level, i was winning science fair's like Kobe won championships, and i was walking around listening to Digable Planets and The Pharcyde. My sister and I were 11 years apart, so she was living her prime teenage years in one of the most substantial decades not just in hip hop, but in music in general...and I mimicked her every move. She always had the flyest outfits, tightest haircuts, and nails on fleek every week, lol. We shared a room until I was 16 years old, that's where it started. She would show me and my cousins all the latest dances as we jammed out to Kid n Play, Salt n Pepa, Big Daddy Kane and Special Ed...and when she would leave, i would make out with the Al B Sure poster she had hanging on our wall, lol...good times:) When she first got her driver's license, I was always in her passenger seat. My favorite part of everyday was when we would be on our way to pick my mom up from work, she would throw in 8 ball and MJG, and I would beg her to turn the radio up all the way and roll the windows down so we could look cool driving down Canal Street, lol. #dorkville "Hurry up before mommy gets in the car" She would say lol. Once I was exposed to this world, I was absolutely hooked and I wanted a part of it. I had stacks of VHS tapes filled with music videos, and interviews from Rap City that I didn't want to miss if I was running late after school. I would sneak my Walkman in my backpack, so if I had study hall afterwards I finished my homework, I would sit at my desk, listening to cassette tapes of LL Cool J and MC Lyte, constantly rewinding it back and forth as I wrote down the lyrics trying to memorize them. I had tons of these notebooks filled with lyrics I had memorized, lol. When I started to listen to artists like Nas, Wu Tang, Common, Public Enemy, and a Tribe Called Quest, that was when I really started to experience the many different dynamics that hip hop held in its hands.....and I was here for it, every step of the way. I was just a nerdy introverted skinny little girl from the middle of the suburban 7th ward of New Orleans, but it was never one dimensional for me... you didn't have to be from the hood to understand hip hop, you didn't have to be poor, you didn't have to be rich, you didn't have to be in a gang or selling drugs, hell, you didn't have to be black...we were artists, we were writers, we were storytellers, we were painters, we were poets, we were messengers..... we were movement. I felt like hip hop was drawing me to be a part of something bigger. I was listening, but more importantly, I was learning. You don't need to meet someone in the physical in order to feel like you know them personally.. art transcends time, and in the words of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, "..the true goal of an artist is to create the definitive work that can not be surpassed.." or if you're a huge fan of Love Jones like me, you remember those words from Darius, lol. Either way, art is immortal. Whether it's Eazy E or Jam Master Jay, Heavy D or Soldja Slim, Biggie or Tupac, Jay Dilla or Phife Dawg.....they'll be in rotation in our tape decks, and our hearts forever. Cause we won't stop, yes yes ya'll, and we don't stop, to the beat ya'll, and it won't stop.......... as we reminisce over you <3 

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