By Evette Dionne

Evette Dionne is an editor and cultural critic whose been published in The Root, XOJane, Bitch, Bustle and others. This Bennett College alumna is based in Illinois.

  1. I can remember the precise moment I fell in love with hip-hop. It was 2003, and I was 14. I was mesmerized when the first notes of Nas’ “Ether” rattled the radio’s speakers. His raspy voice and aggressive cadence captivated me as he hurled insults for more than four minutes at fellow rapper Jay-Z. By the time the last notes faded off the radio, I had been transformed into a hip-hop disciple. I saved my…

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