What is early hip-hop, if not folk music? It is music of the ghetto, music of the people. Listening to it is akin to an oral history, a reflection of this time or that. I always tell people, if you want to know what a certain year was like, listen to hip-hop from that year. Because there are many clues, references, feelings.
I suppose that would have been cool, would have made her feel less like an alien, less like an artifact herself. She would, in a sense, find some sort of home in the music, for that’s what older music does — makes us remember who we once were and what our lives, and the lives of the musicians themselves, used to be.