The first rap song


My brothers once convinced me to listen to a rap song. Then they asked if I liked it.

“I don’t know,” I told them. I don’t listen to a lot of rap. “I feel like I have no cultural context or frame of reference.”

They frowned at me. I think one of them actually pshawed. “You don’t need any kind of context to decide whether you like something,” they told me. “How did it make you feel?”

This is a profound truth about the world which I would not understand or appreciate until years later.