I originally started listening to hip hop ironically, but then it turned out I genuinely did like some of it. As for music tastes being critiqued, I certainly know where you're coming from bro, as mine has been regularly bashed on here over the years music elitism in any format is bullshit it all depends on perception. To me Cannibal Corpse sounds like a toilet being flushed at high speed. To many metalheads it's the peak of music. I don't get it but whatever, these guys also can't understand why I like Amaranthe or NWA so it's not something I'm going to spend time worrying about.