Written by Shane George
Hip Hop saved my life.
And no, it’s not in the way Lupe Fiasco described on the track he featured on The Cool. I am not a rapper nor will I ever attempt to be. However, that doesn’t mean that it impacts me any less than someone who is.
“My mind runs, I can never catch it even if I got a head start. God please tell me I’ve been feeling so alone way.”
-The Prayer by Kid Cudi
Similarly to anyone growing through their teen years, I definitely went through some tough times and most of it was fabricated from my own mind. Yes, there were outside influences that could have steered me into these dark times, but for the most part, it was the man in the mirror that was my worst enemy. I recognized the problem early and I would find myself engulfed by my thoughts going at a mile a minute. For years and years all I could ever hope for figurative ‘off switch’ to my demons.
I’m doing all that I can, I’m just a hot headed man. Ink from tattoos on my sleeves, I wear my heart in my hands.”
-Straight. No Chaser by Reks Feat. Slaine
I was always a fan of music in general, but what drew me to hip hop especially was my passion for words. Also, a good friend of mine who was in a similar situation as I was really influenced me to fall head over heels for the genre. Rappers are experts with words as they are able to manipulate them to express a point all the while creating melodies to make their voice sound like an instrument.
The more time I put into seeking rappers who were wizards with words, the more I understood the craft. Before I knew it, I finally found that ‘off switch’. I found that I was able to fully immerse myself in songs by rappers who mastered the art of rap and silence the inevitable negativity in my head. In addition, you can really find some therapeutic lyrics out there from rappers who express their genuine emotions in their music.
“Smiling through the trouble we face, tryna manage my way without pumping my brakes and staying stagnant. Cause I can sit on my ass and just imagine the madness I did on my path and paint the canvas.”
-The Day by The Roots Feat. Blu, Phonte & Patty Crash
As time goes by, I continue to grow and leave those days behind. The more I learn about myself, the more undesirable traits are uncovered that I see in myself. But life’s all about loving yourself and those around you.
I just don’t know if I would have come to that conclusion if it wasn’t for Hip Hop.
–Dear Hip Hop by Dan-e-o
Is hip hop or music in general important to you? Don’t let me be the only one laying out some personal stuff on the internet, tell us why!