Nas has repeatedly made it clear that he's, "comin' out of Queensbridge," but have you ever wondered exactly where and what Queensbridge is?
The answer to that and many other hip-hop related inquiries can be found on The Rap Map by Rap Genius, which plots locations mentioned in rap songs on Google Maps, much like HuffPostNY's own "New York Music Project."
The site also provides a brief summary of the locales and which emcees rapped about them.
The description of the Queensbridge Houses, for example, is as follows:
"So I comes back home, nobody's out but Shorty Doo-Wop
Rollin' two phillies together in the Bridge we called 'em "oo-wops"
-- From "One Love" by Nas
The Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, Queens are the largest public housing development in America. They're also the boyhood home of Nas and the members of rap duo Mobb Deep. Nas lived on the 40th Avenue side of the sprawling complex, and Mobb Deep lived on the 41st Avenue side
In recognition of the inspiration he drew from the drug-dealing, violence, and everyday struggles he saw in Queensbridge, Nas put a picture of the projects on the cover of his breakout album Illmatic (see picture) and later filmed the video for "Nas is Like" there.
It's a great way to establish hip-hop street, or at least map, cred.
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