If you don't know Jay Dee you don't know The Ummah. If you don't know The Ummah you don't know A Tribe Called Quest. If you don't know A Tribe Called Quest you don't know Hip-Hop.
It's THAT simple.
I'm gonna say this for the last time. I don't know who jay dee was. I knew the groups he produced. I grew up most of my youth in manhattan and queens. I spent most of my time in Harlem and Jamaica queens. During that time period, I listened to everything from juan luis guerra to SWV to Onyx.
Because I don't know Jay dee, Doesn't mean I don't know other hip hop artists or groups or that I am somehow fake.
Me and my friends we grew up listening to 2pac and bone thugs n harmony. We weren't analyzing hip hop like "wow this dude said some crazy shit", we were listening to hip hop because we could relate our struggle with hip hop.
We weren't so much concerned with hip hop as a music but as a music we could relate to, a music that could be a soundtrack to our lives. We were trying to "make it", we were trying to get the fuck out of a fucked up living situation, and once we do leave that fucked up living situation, we were trying to make sense of the world once we made it out of the "hood" and until this day, our struggle is to have a better life than what we had before.
My mind isn't on hip hop, hip hop has us in mind. I'm not here trying to be some groupie for hip hop like alot of these back packers, i'm about trying to progress and learn about bigger things than hip hop...There are bigger issues that hip hop touches on than just "Jay dee's verse on blank record".
In conclusion, Me and my generation from new york, we weren't hip hop because it was the cool thing to listen to, we were hip hop because it was ingraved into us from the day we came out the womb and saw violence and crime being a part of everyday reality. We were trying to make sense of this fucked up world, and hip hop was our escape, our education, and our drug. Now I no longer live in the "hood", My mind is focused on bigger issues and bigger things. It's called evolution...FOr me to still buy hip hop albums and analyze lyrics would be for me to go back to the age of 14. I am not 14 years old anymore, Hip hop is always gonna be special to me, but people move the fuck on.