Cool to see this thread got revived - else I probably would have never found it.
My musical preference - or should I say passion? - lies with hip hop, specifically battle and gangsta rap
. A fast-paced rap track gets me pumped like nothing else.Eminem
brought me into it, back when I was around 15 years old and not listening to any
music on a regular basis. His single "Without Me" inspired me for a reason that seems a bit silly now that I've grown up: I was impressed by the sheer amount of words that comprised a single rap songtext (compared to other music genres). That, and the music video was pretty flashy. So, on a whim, I decided to learn the lyrics. And I did, despite not understanding half of them since my English skills were comparatively limited at the time
. I quickly transitioned into rapping along whenever I heard the song. That's how my love for hip hop was born.
Nowadays, I'm still a loyal fan who devours anything Eminem puts out. But apart from that, I mainly listen to German rap artists
. The somewhat rough sound of my own mother tongue fits my taste in rap music better than the smooth flow of English. Of course, some stuff like the insane chopper tracks by Tech N9ne and his hand-picked rappers is a welcome exception to the rule
. Also, I still love to memorize the lyrics to the songs I like and practice rapping along myself.
Funnily enough, I'm rather hesitant to share my taste in music with people I meet in person. From what I understand, hip hop is much more mainstream and more widely accepted in the US. On the flipside, over here in Germany, anything that even remotely approaches the direction of battle or gangsta rap is generally frowned upon, at least in my social circles. I don't really have anyone among my friends who listens to the same things that I do, which is a bit sad since there's so much I'd be interested in discussing with fellow fans... But then again, the same goes for the kinds of animes I frequently watch (Luckily, there's Otaku Spirit to help me out in regard to the latter :] ).
However, I can appreciate music of nearly any genre - it just depends on whether it clicks with me or not. I suppose that's how it works for a lot of people. I do have a bit of a soft spot for classical music
(particularly piano tracks), but apart from that, rap is the only thing I listen to on a regular basis.