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at the time because you see, I grew up in the Bahamas and went to a private school which was the main venue to express this new thing called hip hop. And in a private school, we had to wear a uniform.In the 5th grade, my friends and I formed a break dancing crew, and we practiced, choreographed, and battled the other 5th grade's crew at lunch time or after school while waiting on our parents to pick us up.We also rapped. Well some of us did, and I remember word for word a rap that I wrote which was one verse long, and a bit of it (one line) was stolen from another rap song I heard. That's how I found out what "biting" was, and I was not too proud of myself after someone pointed it out to me. But hell, I was like 9 years old. The first rap I heard was from the movies I mentioned earlier, and the first live rap performance I saw was the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff back in '84 before they were famous.As kids, we were totally enamored by http://www.monstershopstore.com
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dressing like a gangster. What was happening to hip hop? it was changing. Now we know it's always changing. The music was good, but it was different. It defined our attitudes. Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh gave way to NWA who gave way to Dr Dre and Snoop Doggy Dog - The Chronic - smoking weed, sex, disrespecting women, and dope beats with tight lyrics - tight, explicit lyrics. I don't remember cuss words in the early days of hip hop - now we can hardly repeat a line Beats by Dr. Dre
without saying f***, b****, s***, or n****. Jay Z, Puff Daddy and Biggie rose to stardom representing the East Coast. 2 Pac, Dr. Dre, Death Row, Snoop Doggy Dog in the West. Then the East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry which should have ended in the biggest and greatest rap battle and dance off ever, instead ended in the deaths of the 2 biggest rap stars ever. Hip Hip clothing went to a whole new level as rap stars became fashion entrepreneurs. Diddy along with Jay Z took hip hop fashion and raised it up 100 notches. They introduced ultra cool stylish clothing that are a bit on the expensive side. This is how the majority of us who can't rap or dance will now be able to express ourselves - through our hip hop gear.