I was just wondering, for everyone who likes rap out there, how'd you get into it? And what's your ethnicity (just for curiosity). I'm as white as can be (besides some German background, that's about it). I just wanted to start this thread, because i'm drunk and i was thinking back to the days when i used to hate rap. I grew up in the ghetto of Akron, and used to hate the "thug-balling" bullshit. I was more into punk music and stuff like that. I still love punk music, ska, jazz, rock, metal, all sorts of stuff to this day. But ever since i was little, i used to love to read and try to advance my vocabulary and understanding of this world. Once i got past the commercial sights of rap (the fiddy cent, jay-z, whatever most people would play when i was younger) i began to fall in love with the underground's use of lyricism and crazy samples/mixes for beats. Did you used to hate rap, and what turned you around? Just wondering, very stoned and drunk listening to some stuff, and this thought sparked my mind.