The Bronx is a very different story from the other neighborhoods we frequently discuss in terms of how their Rap scenes have ingrained themselves into a city’s culture. The Bronx is where the genre started and the borough’s connection to Rap is unmatched. While the early years of Hip Hop don’t look anything like what we see today, they were very different from what we see now.
From the Boogie Down, several of our favorite performers appeared, including Fat Joe, who reminisced about his adolescence and remembered witnessing so much diversity in Hip Hop. In an interview with HipHopDX, Joey Crack said that since Hip Hop’s birth, inclusion has been a pillar of the culture. Fat Joe discusses the diversity of the genre among all the debates over who belongs and who doesn’t.
“I really believe in YOLO—you only live once. You only have one life to live, and I just wanna maximize everything artistically and creatively that I can while I’m here and to leave a legacy long after I’m gone so people could still play my records, play my TV shows every day,” he said.
“So, that’s all I’m doing. I’m all about the culture. When I signed in growing up in the Bronx where Hip Hop was created, I was taught to love everybody. I was taught like, Hip Hop is almost a religion.”