Amongst my group of friends at school, I had somewhat of a reputation for being the Hip-Hop head. This meant that I was the go-to person for any kind of Rap-related trivia and conversations about new music that had come out over the week. In all honesty, I spent the time I should have doing homework and studying at home watching rappers’ interviews and listening to their music so my expertise was certainly at the expertise of what would be considered more important things. But oh well, I’ll take it. My interest in Hip-Hop often meant that I would be up on certain rappers earlier than most, relative to my age group anyway. I remember telling friends about J. Cole in 2010 for example. He quickly became my favourite rapper and so anything he was involved with would get the attention of my 13-year-old mind. One day I stumbled across a song that he produced for another rapper called Kendrick Lamar. It was called ‘HiiiPoWeR’ which is intriguing but in truth, was probably off-putting at the time. I think I listened to it, but its talk of Malcolm X and Martin Luther certainly didn’t resonate with me. It wasn’t until sometime in 2011 that I once again came across Kendrick’s work, this time it was a song of his called ‘Look Out For Detox’, a reference to the yet-unreleased Dr. Dre album that has been in the works since the mid-2000s. This was just a display of great rapping and a lot more digestible for me and I loved it. I didn’t yet know that the instrumental was originally from a Childish Gambino song but even when I discovered the fact, it was still a Kendrick song to me. What he did to that beat was insane. I was officially a fan. The timeline escapes me a little bit but from there I went on to listen more of his music, which eventually led me to Section.80.