Around this month 6 years ago I got into two artists that got me into hip hop, Kanye and Eminem.
Kanye West's College Dropout was so incredible to me. At the time I hadn't heard any hip hop albums like it with its sole beats and Kanye honestly speaking from his heart. He wasn't a thug, or sold crack, he was a college dropout. He was more relatable to me and rapped about subjects I didn't notice can be brought up in hip hop, such as religion. I swear when I first heard his song "Jesus Walks" I was amazed and had heavy replay. His music had a message throughout, talking about school, self esteem, and not being what society restricts you to be. No music prior to Kanye had taught me values like those. Kanye taught me to love myself and be myself. And the beats were some of the most unique beats I've ever heard.
Kanye made me realize there were no limits to hip hop. He taught me about song writing and structure and made me view hiphop songs not from just a rapping standpoint, but from the overall music standpoint, how the sonically the song feels and if it connects to you.