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Looking Back: Most Memorable Moments Involving Hip Hop in my Life

October 12, 2011 · Posted in reviews · 21 Comments 


Ever since I started writing for KillerHipHop I’ve come to notice quite a few things about our readers. All positive qualities that makes doing this job so fun. For one, all the comments I receive or any of us receive on our posts are very passionate. Shows that not only do we have a strong fan base, but a caring one also. Also, points that are made are usually backed up with their point of view and shows how knowledgeable they are. Finally, I’m a huge fan of the debates you all have between each other. It’s awesome to read, and to see that I’m not the only person who loves to argue and debate for entertainment.

With that being said, I started to think back to when my first time was that I was comfortable enough to argue my points. What got me into hip hop, and what was it that took it to the next level that hip hop became a passion of mine? With that being said I came up with a Top Ten list of my most memorable moments involving hip hop in my life. Everyone has their own, here is mine.

10. Watching 8 Mile

At this point, I was already a pretty big hip-hop fan. Eminem was (and still is) my favorite rapper and I was extremely curious to see how he would perform on the big screen. It became more than that. We come to learn how Rabbit’s writing comes to form and how erratic his thoughts are. Which, we are told, is extremely accurate in comparison to how Marshall’s actual song writing goes. I also fell in love with the art of battle rapping and started doing more research on Eminem’s previous freestyles as well as others.

9.  Beef

Back before I was an avid hip-hop fan, I’m talking my early elementary days, we all were aware of the East Coast – West Coast beef. That was, of course, unless you lived under a rock. I was too young at the time to invest anything into it though, so of course I didn’t pay much attention. By the time “Takeover” came about, I was fully aware, and fully invested. Then came “Ether” and “Superugly”….blah blah blah. We all know the story. Mix that with some 50-Cent vs. Ja Rule, Eminem’s disses on Ja, Benzino, Everlast, ICP, Fred Durst, etc.

The countless beefs that there have been in rap music have kept us all interested. That’s why we salivate when we see the slightest subliminal jab in any song today. Blowing up things like “baby money” into countless blogs, ariticles, discussions, and threats. I put this on my list, because beef has been a vital piece of hip-hop not only to the art itself, but me as well.

8. Mr. Kanye West

Kanye West opened up my mind to a lot of shit. When he came in the game and literally spit through the wire, I knew instantly I was going to love this dude. His soulful samples, passionate music, and ability to connect to his fan base is phenomenal. I’ll never forget hearing College Dropout for the first time. He made it okay to go outside of the “norm” of hip hop and mix raunchy, explicit lyricism with soulful, sample heavy music. I loved 808’s and Heartbreaks. Auto-tune or not, that music was deep, and it was REAL feelings. MBDTF is a top 5 produced album of all time in my opinion. He doesn’t cheat you on quality, or rush anything to come out. Kanye has to be on my list.

7. Tupac Resurrection

No, this documentary didn’t introduce me to 2pac’s music. It introduced me to Tupac Amaru Shakur. There’s a big part of hip-hop that doesn’t include music at all. It’s the influence you have on the market you’re geared towards. To this point, I was focused strictly on the music and wasn’t interested too much on what goes on behind the scenes. Tupac was without a doubt a humanitarian. You can hear it in his music and in his interviews. When you see who the person really is, and how they truly present themselves outside of their hip-hop personas, it makes their music make more sense.

6.  Heart of the City Tour

Believe it or not, this was my first hip-hop concert I ever went to. I was never a big concert guy. Yeah, this concert changed everything. Picture this: The arena goes black. A spotlight shines on a big projector screen on stage. A video of Jigga and Mary getting interviewed is shown for about one minute. It goes black again. A silhouette of Mary flashes on the screen. Goes to black. A silhouette of Jay flashes on the screen. It goes to black. A silhouette of them both with their backs against each other shows. It goes black. Lights come on and the bassist plays the first few strums of  “Can’t Knock the Hustle” as we see them back to back at the top of a long staircase ready to kill it. The rest is history.

5. The Chronics

I did this one backwards though. Given that the original “Chronic” was before my time, I first listened to “Chronic 2001.” When I envision myself first listening to this album, not one bad memory comes up. It changed the way I looked at music and when I truly started to realize the art of production and west coast stylistics. After hearing this, I went back and listened to the original Chronic and was introduced to the beginning of numerous things. West coast rap, Snoop and Nate Dogg, the Eazy E and Dr Dre beef, and the phrase “Bitches ain’t shit, but hoes and tricks.” Alright so maybe that last part wasn’t as important, but still part of history no doubt.

4. Juicy

If you don’t know all of the lyrics to “Juicy” then I believe you have some learning to do. Believe it or not I’ve heard some people call this song overrated. Absurd. This is the anthem to my late nights. This comes on during a ride home late at night, at a party, in school, anywhere for that matter, everyone stops what they’re doing and raps. We yell, we chant, we sing, we rap, whatever you want to call it.  The first time I heard this song I fell in love. As soon as you hear “F**k all you hoes, get a grip Mothaf**ka,” you know shit’s about to go down. You get the “Ohhhhhhhh!” from everyone in unison. Thinking about the song right now makes me happy. Had to throw this song on this list cause not only is it in my top 5 songs of all time, but it’s been a part of my top 5 nights of all time.


3. Purchasing the Marshall Mathers LP

I use the word “purchasing” because of the task it was buying the damn thing. I was in 4th grade when the album came out. This made convincing my mom that the album was okay for a 9 year old to listen to very hard. Especially since “The Slim Shady LP” had a short lived stay in my household. So after weeks of arguing and begging, my mom agreed to buy me the “edited” version. If you want to call it that.  Finally, I got my hands on the album and I never looked back. Listening to the edited album at home, and then the unedited version at my cousins house, I got the best of both worlds. My first REAL exposure to explicit, suggestive, controversial, raunchy, and whatever else you want to throw in there content. “Guess there’s a Slim Shady in all of us..” couldn’t have been more true in that time period.

2. Yankee Stadium: September 14, 2010

That’s a date and location I’ll never forget. A day after my birthday I was sitting in the new home of my hated Yankees to witness my two favorite rappers put on a show of a lifetime. This would be my 5th time seeing Jay-Z but only my first seeing Em. I was excited to say the least. Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine a show going so perfectly. Being in New York, in Yankee Stadium, as Jay-Z performs “Empire State of Mind” is an experience you’d never forget. The way the crowd exploded when Dr Dre arose from the center of the stage in a midst of smoke while the beat from “The Next Episode” was playing the background. The night was simply perfect. All the guest appearances. The sold out crowd. The stage was perfect. Yeah, I can say that was the best night of my life. 

1. Watching the “My Name Is” video for the first time

Seems a little farfetched, but it’s always been what I said got me into hip-hop. I’ll never forget being in my godparent’s house, walking into the living room, the TV already being on, and seeing a “scrawny looking white boy” rapping these catchy lyrics. I was 8 years old, the crazy shenanigans he was pulling on the TV was going to get me hooked. But, after witnessing that video, I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to know everything about the guy. I started listening to more and more hip-hop. It even got to the point where I asked my mom if I could bleach my hair blonde. This video and song singlehandedly converted me into the hip-hop head that I am today. So for that, I thank you Marshall. 

Those are my top 10 memories that made me the hip-hop head I am today. I, like mostly everyone, is still expanding today as we continue to get new music and keep this art alive.

Everyone has a story, or a memory that they remember when they hear a song or album. We’d love to hear what you guys have to share in the comments or on Twitter.

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21 Responses to “Looking Back: Most Memorable Moments Involving Hip Hop in my Life”

  1. Lil Whoa on October 12th, 2011 3:28 am

    Great list man!


  2. DJ HzD Brazil on October 12th, 2011 3:29 am

    Wow, great moments…
    I’ve passed by some moments that are simmiliar to yours…
    Like the first time I saw 8 mille or the first time I heard Kanye and Em…

    And I have one question…
    Do you have a brazilian decendent?
    Because, da silva is a very common surname here…
    by the way, I have da silva to…

    good post homie!


    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    Appreciate the love man. I’m Portuguese, but do have family in Brazil. Love being Portuguese, but wouldn’t mind having more of the Brazilian soccer skills on my side haha


  3. Jerico on October 12th, 2011 3:31 am

    the vma’s beyonce had the best video in the whole world stunt by Kanye west LLS.


  4. Ghetto Bebop on October 12th, 2011 3:57 am

    No Lil Wayne? lmao
    Great List.
    Eminem Is Great Though. His Skills are Krazii.


  5. Dfinity on October 12th, 2011 4:11 am

    Now this is a good fuggin topic.

    -Marshall Mathers LP switched my whole shit up…
    -Definitely Listening to The Blueprint on 9-11
    -Kanye’s Career (Musically and Socially)
    -Fiasco’s Food and Liquor

    And one for the future,
    -KENDRICK LAMAR. In 10 years, he will be praised as one of the most technical hip-hop artists of all time.


    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    That’s a great list yourself there, man. I agree with all of them. I’ve seen all of them live and all tear the stage up as well. Kendrick will be a star. That dude is too nice. Thanks for reading.


  6. 2.0boyz on October 12th, 2011 4:54 am

    Best hip hop moment. 2.0 boys killing the cypher


  7. crizzy on October 12th, 2011 5:15 am

    id have to say that killerhiphop has helped me get to know more and more about hip hop so thank you killerhiphop!


    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    You’re welcome and I’m glad we can help you do that. Thanks for reading!


  8. RiggsDaBoiWonder on October 12th, 2011 5:16 am

    Great Article man. I love it. I don’t think I have alot of memories. I’m only 18 and I was 3 when When biggie and Pac died. I’m not gonna lie, I only heard a couple of songs of theirs. I grew up on modern hip hop I guess. 50, Eminem, Kanye, Wayne, Tip. And I’m listening to alot of up and coming rappers. Kendricks my favorite. J Cole; drake, Big Sean, KRIT, MGK, Dom Kennedy. I have no favorite rapper. I always hear something new, even when it’s old. I love listening to Big Pun, Big L, NWA, Pac, BIG, Nas, Immortal Tech, Busta. I love hip hop. I like hearing everything. I wish I had a bigger iPod. I’m mad that I’ll never see Jay or Eminem perform. I’m too broke for that. Lol. That’s why I hate hearing people compare rappers or diss them just because someone new has stepped up. I think Take Care and Cole World are gonna be dope. I don’t care for what’s better as long as rap keeps going. I love hearing something new.
    I love this article. It wants me to go listen to music for the rest of the night. YouTube PAC and Big.

    Kudos to you MikeSilva


    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    Appreciate the love man. I’m only 20 years old myself. Eminem introduced me to hip hop and similar to you, I grew up on him and the modern rap. But similar to a history class, you go back and study the roots and origin of hip hop. The old and the new. The different eras. It’s a beautiful art that is continuing to expand because of the great fans like you, our other readers on KHH and everyone else.


  9. Jon on October 12th, 2011 6:17 am

    HAHA! “My name is” put me in the game, i think you forgot snoop but that was covered in the Chronics, and “so u can s-ck. my d-ck” i had the same problems with my mom!


  10. ymcmb on October 12th, 2011 6:21 am

    Wtf No Wayne ?


    NINON Reply:

    @ymcmb, wayne is whack he didnt change anything only messed hip hop up with crap


  11. yoman91 on October 12th, 2011 7:01 am

    My most memorable moment: listening to the intro of Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor and getting chills all over


  12. yerboy on October 12th, 2011 10:11 am

    yo im 20 myself, so with this list and this article you basically described my progress as a hip hop fan. this website is the shit bro, your constantly updating and for the most part keeping articles unbiased.

    I just want to add a couple to the list that you can probably relate to.
    -secretly playing DMX before youth sporting events to get pumped up. but having to play them through a cd player so my mom couldnt hear what i was listening to
    -waynes no ceilings mixtape histeria in high school, every body was throwing up quotes from that on facebook or randomly in the hall ways.
    -smoking weed for the first time in middle school and being introduced to a whole new world of rappers along with it such as WuTang and Snoop
    -lastly, you already mentioned it but i gotta reiterate going to the mall in 6th grade with my older brother to buy Kanye’s College Dropout Album. I’ll forever remember listening to that for the first time and my brother turning to me saying “Yo, we’re listening to history baby bro”.

    keep doing the damn thing homie


  13. Kareem on October 12th, 2011 4:30 pm

    Completely agree with this list. One thing I’d add tho is Get Rich Or Die Tryin. 50 was killing the game with gangsta beef rap and making it mainstream in the mean time. First Album I ever purchased back in elementary school. Knew every word after the first week. Much Respect Silva, love your site man.


  14. Daniel Frank on October 12th, 2011 7:21 pm

    My name are Daniel Ime Frank am from Nigeria and am a good singer i will love to ask how can i get sponsor for my music or send the promo copy for you people to hear it and get back to me. hope to hear back from you people to my mail.
    Thank you
    Daniel Frank


  15. shady24/7 on October 12th, 2011 8:53 pm

    nice list dogg, my great moment was listening to the song marshal mathers then i started to know everything abt EM since then my life is great


  16. edison on October 13th, 2011 3:46 am

    kanye west without him i wouldnt like hip hop as much. First rap album i bought was graduation and that for me was the best album EVER.

    Killerhiphop i like what you´re doing with this website making it more friendly i guess or an digital utopia.


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