Hi I'm Jenny, and Hip-Hop has been part of my life for as long as i can remember.
It all started when I was about 4 years old. Long car rides on the way to my dad's house were part of my weekly schedule. Little did I know, that the music I would hear on those car rides would change my life.
My dad was always played the best music. His eclectic taste in music made those long hours in the car fun. He'd blast all kinds of music including: blues, reggae, rock electronica, alternative, ska, R&B, and a few rap artists as well. The first Hip-Hop artists I ever heard were: 2pac, Coolio, and Tone Loc. At the time, the sound of Hip-Hop, and my love for it fell into my subconscious mind.
As I grew up, I became a huge fan of music. At a young age, I started a CD collection. I would do chores all day so that I could make enough money to go buy a new CD. I even made my own mixes using an old recorder, and handed them out at elementary school.
But it wasn't until I grew into a young adolescent that I came across Gang Starr's "Moment Of Truth" album, and it all hit me like a ton of bricks....in a good way. The combination of DJ Premier's jazzy, laid-back production style with Guru's soothing voice aligned with my soul and my spirit in a way I'd never experienced before. I knew there had to be more music like it, so it became my quest to search for more and more Hip-Hop.
You may or may not know me from Instagram (@jennyloveshiphop) But over the years, Instagram has been an outlet for me to express my passion for Hip-Hop. Usually I post about my record collection, or other Hip-Hop related memorabilia I've collected over the years, and it's a way for me to engage with people who have the same passion.
In addition to being a collector, I studied Hip-Hop during my college career at California State University San Marcos. Some of the areas I conducted research and written work on include: Hip-Hop, Media, Religion & Pop Culture, Hip-Hop & Mass Media, Hip-Hop & Gender Studies, Women in Hip-Hop, the Commodification of Hip-Hop, Underground Hip-Hop vs. the Mainstream, and the music industry. I even conducted a qualitative research study on Hip-Hop Identity Performance via Social Media, which resulted in a 68 page paper. I presented my research in front of my professors and the librarians, and won an award for best project in my class. I was also awarded academic honors in May of 2017 as a Dean's Listed student every semester, and I received my BA in Communication in May of 2017.
I started this blog because I want to continue writing about Hip-Hop post graduation. Some of the ideas I have for this blog include artist/album reviews, record shop reviews, interviews with artists, Hip-Hop show reviews, discussion forums, email newsletters, and much much more. Whatever this blog may become, I invite you to join me along the way. And if you feel inclined, feel free to drop me a line any time, join my newsletter, visit my Facebook page, check out my playlists on Spotify, and see what I'm posting on Instagram!
Peace, love and respect to you all!