The reason why I love hip-hop is because it speaks to me.
I grew up in a tough world and hip-hop knows what that means. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always identified with the underprivileged, the underdog, the under-every thing. It’s just what I’ve known and what I will always know.
People like to say they know what it means to be grounded, but let me tell you, I once lived in a house where we had to keep the lights on at night to keep the roaches from crawling across our bodies. That’s grounded. I didn’t have anything when I was growing up, and more than any kind of music, hip-hop artists know what that means.
But it’s more than that. It’s the words. I’m a writer and to me, there’s nothing more intense than words. Nothing. I’m not trying to say that hip-hop is the only music that possesses moving lyrics, because that’s obviously not the case. But for some reason, it’s the voices of Biggie, Kweli and J. Cole that resonate with me.
I don’t even know what I’m going on about. I just wanted to say that hip-hop is special to me. It makes me think, it makes me feel and it makes me happy.