When it comes to hip hop, I consider myself an outsider. I grew up in the suburbs of Andover Mn, where the norm is to listen to pop music. In spite of my naivety, the genre/culture still fascinates me. A friend recently introduced me to Atmosphere, and that was my first time being exposed to hip hop. I love the depth of the lyrics and the beats. MIA is another artist that I enjoy. When MIA started playing in class, I had the urge to dance. I hope to learn much more about hip hop in this class. This culture is out of my element, but I think it is important to become educated on subjects outside of one's comfort zone.