"Hip-hop is supposed to uplift and create, to educate people on a larger level and to make a change." - Doug E. Fresh
Friday, August 11th, 1973, at 1520 Sedgewick Ave. It was the day DJ Kool Herc played a party for his sister, and the vibrant art of hip hop was born. This August, as I've seen numerous posts on Instagram asking, "When did you fall in love with hip hop?" I've spent some time reflecting on this question. Hip hop feels like an inseparable part of my life, a presence so deeply ingrained that I struggle to pinpoint the exact moment of my infatuation.
Hip hop is more than just music; it's a dynamic movement. It's an artistic form that has evolved far beyond its origins. With time, it has transformed into a potent platform for artists to address a myriad of social issues, whether local or global. Through original four elements, these artists craft vivid stories of their lives, as the canvas on which to amplify their narratives. The 50-year journey of Hip-Hop is a milestone that signifies more than just a genre of people. But It's has become a powerful vehicle for meaningful conversations and artistic exploration, transcending the boundaries of mere musical expression.
So, when I contemplate the question of when I fell in love with hip hop, the answer becomes clear. While I've been fortunate to embark on a three-decade journey as an entrepreneur, utilizing element of graffiti as my art form to tell stories across various mediums throughout the years, I owe a debt of gratitude to hip hop for being an integral part of my path.
In essence, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Hip Hop. You have been a guiding force, a muse, and a lifeline.
Thank you for saving me.