I was born in 1992, to a suburban white family. Suffice to say that my first exposure to hip-hop culture was not because of them. I have attended public school all of my life and like many others took the school bus. Back in the 90's, all of the cool kids sat in the back of the bus (at least in my corner of the world) and listened to hip-hop. That's my first recollection of the genre. I remember kids having little portable radios and Walkmans, and they would play hip-hop and jam out. For me, hearing hip-hop for the first time was interesting because all of the cool kids were listening to it but my family and parents didn't at all. I remember hearing my parents complaining about "that darn Rap Music" and how kids should not be listening to it. From the start it always felt a little bit rebellious and taboo, so naturally, I liked it. When I would hangout with friends I was all about the music, but when I was at home I pretended like I had never heard it before. As I've grown, I have gotten even more into hip-hop and am not in secret anymore. Although I am by no means an expert. My parents have even gotten into it a bit more as well! I think I would probably consider myself to be an outsider still because even though I do enjoy it, I was not raised on it and I don't really live the lifestyle. I think to hip-hop insiders, it is really more than just music. It's sort of a way of life.