Gettin’ Grown: A Retrospect on My Hip-Hop Fandom

The nineteenth anniversary of the slaying of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace led me to reflect on my relationship with the genre that has lionized him in death:

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A native Seattleite and recent East Coast transplant, I have been interested in politics, religion, and race from the day I saw “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” on the bookshelf belonging to my BFF’s mom back in 1991. While my zealotry has thankfully diminished with maturity, I remain the deep thinking, passionate, and humble woman I have always been. I reside in the suburbs of NYC with my husband, daughter, and our two feisty but deeply loved cats.

2 thoughts on “Gettin’ Grown: A Retrospect on My Hip-Hop Fandom

  1. In love with you skipping the pedophile song! Yes! Now, I must be honest. I have this strange obsession with doing yoga while listening to the beat of infectious trap music. I know it’s lyrics are misogynistic, degrading, shameful, wretched, destructive to the intellect… Working on finding instrumental versions, and it’s a challenge. I’m a work in progress.

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