I grew up in a smaller Wisconsin city with very little diversity so hip-hop was not something I was constantly aware of as a young girl. However, growing up in the 90's it was almost impossible to not be exposed to hip-hop in some shape or form. I saw it in movies and on TV but was never able to analyze the reality behind it. I listened to groups like Destiny's Child and TLC but probably did not understand the meaning behind the lyrics they were singing. I was always aware of rappers like Slim Shady and Snoop Dogg but it was not until middle school when I began hanging out with more guy friends that I was introduced to hip-hop icons like Dr. Dre. and Wu Tang Clan. My first hip-hop show was M.I.A. and I have continued to see several hip-hop shows since for example, El-P and Killer Mike. As I grew older I began to research hip-hop on my own and reading books like "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" in order to learn about the history of hip-hop and where its roots generated from. Hip-hop has a much deeper meaning than people associating it to rapping about sex, drugs and violence. I have learned that hip-hop has been used as a platform for political activism and that there are groups like The Roots that are able to produce aesthetically pleasing music while conveying a meaningful message. I enjoy hip-hop and think that it is really beneficial to our history and our society, I look forward to increasing my understanding of hip-hop throughout the semester.