I wanna take a minute to say Happy Birthday to the genre of music that I personally fell in love with 20 years ago. It started with 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me, Outkast’s ATLiens and Jay-Z’s In My Lifetime Vol.1 and it never stopped. I will be eternally grateful for the wisdom and game you gave from dealing with ignorant niggas and bitches, teaching me how to become a thinker and observer and almost the most important, the know how to get up off my ass and hustle to get what I want and need out of this life.

You truly have been there for me through my isolation and dark moments in a way no one else has. You always provided me with a song that relates to my struggle in order to keep me from crossing over to the dark side and becoming another statistic. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. You are my blessing.

Happy 44th Birthday Hip Hop, and here’s wishing you many many many more!!!