This article is about discovering the diversity in the black “hood“ community. As a young buck only 15 years old growing up in the “hood“ in Europe — things were real and we was facing the same end times as predicted on Method Man’s to Tical 2000 album. Just cause we grew up in a Caucasian continent doesn’t mean that we can’t FEEL the music from the black brothers. Brothers from another mother.

Back to the topic at hand, “discovering diversity in the black community“. One day as well as we was loitering in the stair area of our apartment block, I was asked by one of the older homeys “hey what are you listening to?“ I replied, I’m listening to Capone and Noreaga. “Yo let me listen,” said the older homey. I didn’t know this brother, but I let him listen to my CD player a.k.a. a Walkman.

When I handed him the headphones to my sweet battery-powered music source, he heard one of the songs off the “War Report”. He listened for about 30 to 60 seconds and after passing the headphones back to me he said: “yo that’s some dope shit”.

How was this random MF’er able to hear the realness when he didn’t even look like a real hip-hop dude? Well, I’ll tell you the truth. That’s because music is the universal language. And if the beat is on point, and the lyrics are real and from the heart…. Then everybody know this is the bomb.

This was late in November 1998, and I was able to get rap CDs that were really recently released. So I had the recent Bobby Digital album also in my rotation. So I threw that in and I played him “NYC Everything”, then I asked what do you think about that? And he said “Yo, that’s pretty dope too, but it’s not the best album I’ve ever heard. But that Capone and Noriega was hella dope.”

This is just more proof on top of more proof the music is universal and that we all are from the hood when we listen to the music from the old-school 90s hip-hop. Even back in the day, we knew this shit. Maybe we was more connected because the shit was fresh and it was coming straight over the pond over to our European nations.

What is hip-hop now? I don’t even effen know. It’s become so damn commercial, it’s on the damn radio all the time. I struggle to grasp it, but it’s just another type of reality…. a new era. Back in the day, we knew where the Queensbridge Projects were, we knew that Compton was next to Watts. We knew who Martin Luther King was. We know who Malcolm X was.

Man, I’m old-school as fu*k.

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