Hip-Hop Made: Armani White on buying his first bootleg Hip-Hop album

'Buying bootleg is really Hip-Hop'
By , Audacy

Back with another installment of Hip-Hop Made in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of Hip-Hop, rapper Armani White shared some of his Hip-Hop firsts, each of which includes one of the GOATS.

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“The first song that made me fall in love with Hip-Hop was ‘Kill You’ by Eminem,” the “Billie Eilish” rapper shared. As for “the first artist that comes to mind when I hear the word Hip-Hop” — for Armani that would definitely have to be, JAY-Z. 

Also sharing about the “first album I bought with my own money,” Armani revealed that was Kanye West’s Late Registration. "But it was a bootleg so I kinda don’t count,” however quickly noting that actually, “buying bootleg is really Hip-Hop so….”

While Late Registration was the first Hip-Hop album Armani bought himself, it wasn’t the first.  “My mom used to always get me my Eminem CDs,” White shared, “but she used to get me the clean version so it don’t necessarily count as Eminem CDs cause like half of it is instrumental.”

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