My passion for the culture of Hip Hop was inspired by the first song that I ever heard on the radio as a 7-year old: Ain’t Nothin’ But A G Thang by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg. I thought that it was the coolest song in the world. My love of the culture comes from music and dance.
Hip Hop music is such a big part of my life. I listen to it in some way, shape, or form all the time. I primarily listened to Hip Hop music during my elementary school years, even though I dabbled in R&B every now and then. Starting in the 5th grade, I started playing the violin. I kept it up on the regular until I graduated from high school. I played a lot of Bluegrass, Classical, Pop, and Rock music. However, never got to play any Hip Hop music. While playing the violin, I began to pick up beat boxing starting in the 7th grade. I began listening to other types of music starting in the 8th grade. In the 11th grade, I actually performed a rap song about the solubility of compounds in my Chemistry II class entitled, “It’s ‘Bout The Solubility” (which was inspired by Wierd Al Yankovich’s parody of Puff Daddy’s “All About The Benjamins” song entitled “It’s All About The Pentiums”).
Why do I tell you this story? It is because I want to do something that incorporates my violin, beatboxing, and rapping (well, what little bit that I have) skills with my love for Hip Hop music. I have decided to hone my craft in order to become a performer. I love to entertain. Entertaining is in my blood.
In addition to my love or Hip Hop music, I also love Hip Hop dancing. When it comes to Hip Hop dancing, I love dancing anywhere I can. I love watching others dance. I love learning new dance moves that I can use on the dance floor. I enjoy learning all that I can about Hip Hop culture: from the days of Grandmaster Flash, kangol hats, and dookie chains to the days of Stomp The Yard, Nelly patches, and stunna shades. Many people say that I remind them of Chris Brown, Usher, Ne-Yo, and/or Justin Timberlake when I am on the dance floor. When I am dancing, I am happy. The happiness that I receive from dancing is what I want others to experience. With that in mind, I recently became a certified Hip Hop fitness program instructor that incorporates Hip Hop dancing into a fitness program.
Check out the Hip Hop Hustle and Np3 tabs in the Hip Hop Culture section of my website for additional information.