Slim was fresh yo, when she was underground
Original, pure, untampered, a down sister
Boy I tell ya, I miss her

from Common – I Used to Love H.E.R. Lyrics on Rap Genius


Common misses this “girl”… the way she used to be before hip-hop became mainstream, pointing out that hip hop was much more original before major record companies began to cash in on it.

When Common refers to the girl (Hip Hop) as ‘Slim’ it means that hip hop still doesn’t have many followers to give it body, shape and figure. It’s still growing at this point. As hip hop becomes more popular, it’ll start getting thicker and thicker (as he mentions, later on the song).

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