5 min read by Cesar (CeAZe) Aguirre Hip Hop is a passion of mine… I love all music, but Hip Hop is something I have a real deep connection with. I can feel it pumpin’ in my heart and runnin’ through my veins. I grew up listening to what is labeled as ‘gangsta rap’. Today’s mainstream Hip Hop (or Hip Pop as I like to call it) is heavily influenced by gangsta culture. Many rappers now put up a front, try to project a persona that may not really be who they are because that is the only way to make it big.