"Hip Hop was born [in late 1970s] in the South Bronx, New York City. Back then it was free. The basic motivation for Hip Hop is self expression. It doesn't cost anything. It's free. I sometimes miss the times back in the days, because it were times that we're never gonna recapture.

Whenever something is at its essence and beginning, it is pure. There are no special additives to make it marketable or sellable to other people's taste. You are doing it for yourself. We are past that point right now...!"


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