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A hip-hop star grows in Brooklyn (and the Bronx and Staten Island too)

A hip-hop star grows in Brooklyn (and the Bronx and Staten Island too)

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If hipsters needed yet another reason to justify moving to Brooklyn, this infographic might do the trick.

"What if you threw a party and everybody came" by Very Small Array

If hipsters needed yet another reason to justify moving to Brooklyn, this infographic might do the trick.

By collating the birthplaces of some of the biggest names in hip-hop, Very Small Array offers a portrait of the mean streets that helped New York City earn the chorus, "Concrete jungle where dreams are made of / There's nothing you can't do."

While not the first multimedia effort to encompass the verbal dexterity of the New York area (Rap Genius put out a "Rap Map" detailing geographic locations mentioned in hit lyrics and Forbes put out a map detailing hip hop's "cash kingdoms"), this version may be the first you'd like to hang up on the wall.

[Very Small Array]

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Claire Lambrecht

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Claire Lambrecht has written for the New York Times, Slate, Salon, The Nation, and CBS MoneyWatch. Previously, she taught English as a Teach for America Corps Member and Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. She holds degrees from Cornell University, the University of Hawaii, and the Arthur M. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure