I grew up with gospel from the church from a baby as I was raised in church and sang in the youth choir. I later was exposed to funk, soul and R&B by my Moms and Uncles and Aunts. I also had the seeds of "real" or traditionl jazz planted from early by Pops who used to play at home and DJ at the Cincy public station WAIF.
Ironically, when I was old enough to make my own musical choices, around 81-83, I would fiend for the latest of this new music coming out of NYC called hip-hop played late nights on WAIF. I know you're old school if you did like me and Biggie used to do and "let the tape rock til the tape popped." Yeah late nights recording casettes and my uncle C used to send me exclusive stuff from NYC DJ Red Alert!
I listened almost exclusively to hip-hop from 88-98. I had to rebroaden my horizons because the music started to change so much around 95. I do not listen to much of the new hip hop (if that's what you want to call it) these days. I prefer to listen to old school stuff circa 83-93, which includes the Golden Age which is debatebly from 87-92. I will soon formulate an old school hip hop station.
Right now I listen to my High Praise and Worship station 98% of the time. I suggest you do the same, but pepper with some of the other goodies I have on tap as well.