How I Met John Piper Through Hip Hop
I remember the day when I heard “the perfect verse over a tight beat.” One of my mom’s students introduced me to the music that would have a profound impact on my life. How I walked, talked, and dressed stemmed from my love affair with the hip-hop culture.
It was Hot 97, a radio station in New York, that had my ear 24/7. Radio personalities like Ed Lover and Doctor Dre provided my morning fix. Wendy Williams kept the party going in the afternoon, and Angie Martinez held it down at night. Above all, the Notorious B.I.G.’s Juicy rocked “till my tape popped,” while Digable Planet’s Rebirth of Slick taught me to be “Cool Like Dat.”
Hip hop gave me a new vocabulary that was colorful, metaphoric, and imaginative. I loved the beat, the boom bap, the lyricism, the rhyme patterns, and the story-telling. I was enamored by the culture…