“I met this girl when I was 10 years old, and what I loved most she had so much soul, she was old school, when I was just a Shorty, never knew throughout my life she would be there for me/on the regular,not a church girl, she was secular, not about the money,no studs was Mic checking her/ but I respected her, she hit me in the heart”
-Common “I used to love H.E.R.”
I HAD WRITTEN THIS FEATURE SO MANY WAYS BUT I DECIDED TO FREESTYLE IT LIKE A MC. LOVE AND HIP HOP GOES HAND AND HAND LIKE SALT N PEPA LIKE MARY J BLIGE TELLING REDMAN THAT HE WAS ALL SHE NEEDED TO GET BY. I’M PRETTY SURE THAT ANYONE READING THIS HAS BEEN LISTENING TO A SONG AND IT BOUGHT BACK MEMORIES OF YESTERDAY, GOOD OR BAD. THAT ONE SONG THAT GOT YOU THROUGH A BAD BREAK UP OR GAVE YOU THE COURAGE TO GIVE LOVE A TRY AGAIN. THE SONG THAT PLAYS AND REMINDS YOU OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD GET TOGETHERS AND SEEING THAT ONE PERSON YOU HAD A CRUSH ON. I HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH HIP HOP *MUSIC* SINCE I CAN REMEMBER. I USE TO GO TO SLEEP WITH A PICTURE OF PUFF DADDY (P.DIDDY NOW) UNDER MY PILLOW. I USE TO SIT WITH MY HEADPHONES AND CASSETTE PLAYER LISTENING TO NOTORIOUS B.I.G. READY TO DIE ALBUM DAY IN AND DAY OUT, LISTENING TO HIM TELL THE STRUGGLES OF SELLING DRUGS TRYING TO FEED HIS DAUGHTER. AND WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT MY GIRL MARY J. BLIGE? HER ALBUMS ARE THE SOUNDTRACKS TO MY LIFE. I LOVE MY GIRL BEYONCE, BUT NO ONE CAN TELL A STORY LIKE MARY. AND THAT’S WHAT HIP HOP IS TO ME. IT’S THE TELLING OF A STORY WITH A FLY BEAT. IT’S THE OLDER SISTER GIVING ME ADVICE ABOUT LOVE OR THE HOMEBOY THAT IS LIKE A BROTHER TELLING ME THIS IS WHAT US GUYS ARE THINKING. DON’T DO THAT SIS. OR THE ONE GUY ASKING ME WHO DO I LOVE? I CAN’T SEE MYSELF WITHOUT HAVING HER *HIP HOP* IN MY LIFE. FROM THE BORROUGHS OF NEW YORK CITY TO THE BACKWOODS OF THE SOUTH, SHE HAS GROWN OVER THE YEARS AND MATURED BEAUTIFULLY AND HAS NEVER LEFT ME. SHE HAS MADE ME LAUGH,DANCE, AND SHE HAS CRIED WITH ME AS WELL. I PRAY THAT THE UP AND COMING GENERATION TREATS HER WITH MUCH RESPECT AND TO KEEP THE STORY TELLING ALIVE. I USED TO LOVE HER……I STILL DO.