... this is how it happened for me. 93. heard nas represent, fucking fell in love. kept listening to the street music, 90's hip-hop was sublime. it was all about that mafioso gangster persona, mobb, cnn, lox. then slowly moved onto the darker subject matter, jedi mind tricks. started to pay more attention to lyrics, for years i would just listen to tracks for lyrics. nowadays it's just beats for me, mellow, kick back, laid back beats, mostly dilla and pete rock. the older i get the more i can see myself not totally ditching hip-hop, but moving closer to jazz and soul.