All Hat, No Cattle (All Rap, No Battle)

Many pop culture stars thrive because of their unfavorable background. It seems that the majority of rappers pride themselves on their poor childhoods, and rough history. The project streets of California, Atlanta, Chicago, and Brooklyn, contain the home addresses of some of history’s most famous names. But are some of these stories fabricated in order to fit the tough-guy persona of the stereotypical pop culture rapper? Let’s take a look at the childhood neighborhoods of some of society’s most famous artists and see for ourselves whether they really are all rap, no battle.

3 Replies to “All Hat, No Cattle (All Rap, No Battle)”

  1. I really like the concept here – using HOLC maps to explore the neighborhoods of these rappers and their “poor childhoods.” An interesting metric to apply.

    I do think you need to add some context on the source of these maps and quotes. We know, because of the assignment. But someone else that finds this post won’t understand. And the source of these maps and quotes is at the center of your analysis.

  2. I found this as a really interesting and creative way to approach this activity. I think using something open ended like this, with probably some extra scaffolding would get student interested in looking at this types of historical documents. I also like the way that you presented the information in a slide show.

  3. I love this. Amine is one of the best in the game right now. I would be interested in the incredible rapper Freddie Gibbs and his upbringing in the eastside of Gary, Indiana.

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