When I was 8 years old, I walked into Walmart and bought my first CD with the help of my older sister.
The album was "Encore" by Eminem, not exactly the kind of sound my innocent ears needed as a first taste of hip-hop.
Upon returning home, my mother watched in horror as I proudly pulled my fresh purchase out of its plastic bag. Suffice to say, she was not pleased and my new belonging was quickly confiscated.
Little did she know, a few months later I found the CD and started listening. From there my love of music grew. Soon I began listening to the Black Eyed Peas, Green Day (yikes), The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and so much more.
By the time I was 20, my iTunes library held over 3,000 songs, most of which were of the hip-hop or rock genres. I loved boasting to my friends about the great music I had added to my collection.