Hip Hop Until You Drop

Hip Hop Until You Drop doesn’t mean listen to hip hop until you die, although it may mean that for me, it simply means live life to the fullest. I know that some people do not like or understand hip hop, I don’t expect them to listen to it. What I’d rather do with this blog is to lay out why I love the genre. When I first started this blog, I had no clue what I wanted to do in hip hop. I was just so drawn to it. Now I know I would like to manage artists or work/own a record label myself.

I just wrote a post about hip hop not being dead. Also when I first started this blog, I knew hip hop needed help or so I thought. What I’ve discovered is that hip hop is alive and well. The generational changes we’re seeing make people think the art is dead. Especially after Pac and Biggie were killed. They began an era but we’re also beginning one ourselves.

My Bio

I graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing and a Professional Writing minor.  I’m looking forward to finding out what the future has in store for me. I’m currently in the process of trying to pursue a career in writing or entertainment or anywhere else that I’d fit in. I don’t want to be an entertainer myself, but I’d like to work for a record label or something along those lines. I’m a more behind the scenes type person. As far as writing goes, I can see myself blogging for companies and possibly on the side, but my true passion lies in hip hop music. With that, I could see myself being a manager for artists mainly.

I have mad love for hip hop. So much so that my research paper for African American Lit was about hip hop my senior year.  The research consisted of more than 10 sources ranging from Adam Bradley’s The Anthology of Rap and his Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop to books and critical articles about Tupac and Eminem. The artists who were featured in the paper are Jay-Z, Eminem, and Lil Wayne.  I chose these rappers because I used to study their music on my own just by listening and following them through CD’s or mixtapes, but I want to be a part of the critical conversation about hip hop. I’m actually working on getting that article published!

The research opened my eyes to what hip hop is culturally. Many people don’t understand that hip hop is part of our culture, and although they may not understand, it’s creating a conversation between the artists and the fans. Hip hop is relatively new. It has only officially been around since the 70’s and really took flight in the 80’s. Instead of just being a fan, I wanted to contribute to the other critical discussions that are out there about hip hop.

Reason for Two Different Subject Matters

I’m going to keep it simple. I’m only 23, but I’ve seen a lot in my life, so every now and then I will  include some random thoughts that are on my blog about life (categorized as “Lessons Learned” or “Inspiration” to add to my hip hop writing. They may be out of place but I think they’re important for me to write about because hopefully I can provide others with a different perspective on some aspects of our lives. Because I want people to know that I’m more than just someone who writes about hip hop. I’ve been silent for too long but I’m definitely not a silent person when I believe in something. No if, and’s, or but’s about it.