Unlike some other old school hip-hop fans my age, I don't consider myself a 'child' of hip-hop. During the 80s, I was only an elementary school student when the hip-hop scene began. But it was during this time that I made a connection with the music and culture while watching my uncles carry their stereos on their shoulders, teach new break-dancing moves to my big brother, and lace up their Adidas in the 'checkerboard' style the night before going to school-- (with me looking on irritatingly asking, "uncle Greg, when you gone teach me how to do it?"- every 3 minutes.) I connected with hip-hop while watching my aunt Tonya and her friends make up dance routines to Salt-N-Peppa and 357 songs while developing names such as "Sweet T" and "D Nice" for their own female rap group. For me, my aunts and uncles were hip-hop. They were a part of something that I could only admire and watch from the sidelines. And through them, my cousins and I all developed lil' girl crushes on Kid-N-Play, Curtis Blow, & Big Daddy Kane. Through them, we developed dance routines of our own-- (to be displayed at the skating rink) and we even tried time and time again to create our on rap lyrics, which usually began like, "Well my name is T, and I'm the Bessst...." (oh my goodness!) (I never would have imagined how good it feels to recall these memories.) For me, this is where I began to understand the delicate relationship between music and culture.