Hip-Hop has played an integral role in my life since the first time I heard "Da Butt" by E.U. Now, I am not going to fake the funk like I got bars, but hip-hop's effect on me was subconscious. I grew up as a book-smart young man living life based on the facts of the books that read. Yet, hip-hop was essential to helping shape some of the principles that I still live by to this day. Thus, at a young age, I found myself in the midst of a war for my philosophy on life.
This war is one that affects many young men, but especially young men of color. For us, the choice that we make shapes not only our existence, but the very existence of our families. Yet and still, the essence of hip-hop is free-will determinism. It is the perfect dichotomy of idealistic materialism. Take for example Jay-Z's wordplay on "Moment of Clarity",
Thus, my personal philosophy is a keen to Jay-Z. I try to live my life by a set of principles that have been shaped by the facts of my reality. My free-will determinism could be described as a river moving forward, adapting to the terrain as it changes. Always forward, never backwards.