In our first blog where we had to describe our first memory of being exposed to hip hop, i said i thought it was a bunch of noise and didn't understand its meaning nor consider it even music. I was very naive in my thoughts and wasn't open to interpretation. Through this course, I have learned the histories, applications, and structural components of this genre not only on a national level, but also a global level. This has now given me the confidence to have conversations with people about hip hop where I'm not just only able to say, "oh yea, i love Jay-Z!" I will be able to draw on historical and cultural anecdotes and lessons learned from class and provide insightful meaning. Instead of just listening to the beats and rhythm and responding with bodily movements, I really listen to the lyrics and the flow so as to get a deeper understanding of the context as well as the artist. More classes like this should be offered in all grade levels so that young children growing up will have a greater appreciation for this genre than I had when I was there age. The song "You Must Learn" by Boogie Down Productions (BDP) highlights this theme of educating others about hip hip and its roots in African American history.