Growing up in a household mainly listening to Chinese music, I wasn't exposed to hip hop until I was in middle school. I actually still remember the first rap song I listened to, it was quite popular on MTV (back when they actually played music). It was Just A Moment by Nas ft. Quan:
I actually remember thinking, "Wow, this is actually good music with meaningful lyrics." But as time went on and the music scene changed, my views changed as well. Now the only hip hop I hear are about (sorry for the cliche) sex, drugs, and money. It may be because of my friends' tastes in music, oops. Even at the beginning of my hip hop exposure, I felt that it was funny for me, an Asian girl, to be listening to rap music. So when I was younger I used to listen to it privately every once in awhile. Although I'm older now, I still feel odd listening to this type of music because I feel like there is no relation at all, but it doesn't mean that I don't enjoy it!