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Foundational and Transformational
August 23, 2014
I used to be a hater of rap. I didn't understand why people liked it at all and had a snobby resistance to anything hip-hop. Thankfully, one night I decided I would give it a shot and I looked up a list of the most influential rap albums of all time, picking at random, and was fortunate enough to try Nas' Illmatic first.
There's just something about this album, whether you're a rap fan or not. Everything about it is so catchy, so slick, so musically and lyrically tasteful that you can't help but enjoy it. When I put this album on for the first time, I sat there listening through the whole thing struggling to understand where my enjoyment was coming from. That moment of struggle started a new interest in rap music and that shift has made an incredible impact on my musical tastes. I don't just enjoy this album, I'm thankful for it. I'm thankful that it forced me to change the way I looked at music and the genres I didn't understand. It taught me that there's always something to look forward to in any artistic endeavor and that if you keep your mind open to it, and keep your nose from pointing at the sky, you just might find something that speaks to you.