‘Da’ What is Hip Hop? – Longshot [Editorial]

Posted on September 23, 2013 by

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Born and raised in “The City of Hate”, Longshot and hip hop go way back.  Currently signed with legendary indie label Rhymesayers, he has relocated to Minneapolis but hasn’t lost any of his Chi-Town flavor.  A very talented emcee with smooth lyrics and a flawless delivery, his written prose is just as good.  Although he admittedly tries to stay away from questions “like these”, the latest editorial in Da-What.com’s ‘Da’ What is Hip Hop? series is written by none other.  Hit the jump to find out what hip hop means to Longshot and to the whole Mid-West. Be sure to listen to some of his tracks and videos because they are FIRE.

“So I try to stay away from questions or topics like this one: what does hip hop mean to me?  I just never feel really comfortable answering that…Hip Hop has meant so much to me and my life.  From the start listening to Rakim, KRS-One, and emcees from that era as a kid growing up, I was listening just because that’s what was being played…I was too little to have a say, but I love that that’s what I was brought up on.  I wasn’t raised on r&b or soul or funk…i was raised on rap.   Being able to make rap music and to be involved in the Hip Hop community means the world to me…It means I get to see the world!!  It means I get to do what I love the most and that’s entertain and inspire people…It means I get to be creative, and free.  I love Hip Hop so much, I don’t know who or where I would be without it.  As far as what it means to my region(the mighty, mighty Midwest!), I think we are the perfect blend of all sounds and styles, which makes us very versatile.  Hip Hop is an ever evolving entity, and it is shaped by those living it everyday.  Chicago breathes a different kind of life into the game based on gangster, blue-collar, survivalists mentality.  I love being from ‘The City of Hate’.  Real Hip Hop is love, and love conquers all.” – Longsot