Old Skool Rap:
From Biggie to Tupac...
I appreciate rap and hip-hop more so now than I did when I was younger (I had issues with being called a "bitch" and a "ho"). I listened to sugary, happy-go-lucky rap from Kid-N-Play and Heavy D.
I even had tickets to an MC Hammer concert. And at the last minute, I told my friend that I couldn't go with him anymore. I think he knew why.
But having a younger brother who was completely consumed by rap and hip-hop, I too listened to Biggie and Snoop on a daily basis. I'm sure everybody knows the words to "Big Poppa" and "Gin and Juice."
With time I noticed that I was loving rap more, and I observed the impact that it had on society. Rap songs entered the Top 10 Billboard charts, rappers started acting - Tupac killed it in Juice (one of my all time favourite movies) - and were quickly becoming icons in the making.
Rap voiced a frustration, anger and a reality. It's sad the ugly turn it has taken, i.e. Ja Rule and the entire Murder Inc. Crew (I want to take time out to say how much love I have for my man 50 Cent!!!), but I look forward to seeing how it develops. ¤ Michelle