The Rap Map – Mapping Out Hip Hop Lyrics


When you think about the concept of geographic location in a philosophical way – everything has its location reference. Every person, every item, every thought, but as well lyrics of any song ever written. The lat-long can describe place where it was written or location of the first concert it was  sang. But in case of rap music it’s important to understand the real meaning of places mentioned in song lyrics as rappers often sing about places in their neighbourhood. So in fact you might listen so some rap song but don’t understand what it really means…

The Rap Map‘  by Rap Genius is Google Maps mash-up that plots out references and origins in rap lyrics. Rap Genius took lyrics from rap songs and placed markers on a Google Map with the lyrics themselves and explanations of why that location was relevant. There are locations in New York, Houston, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and more. I think it’s actually an interesting concept of how location information can be used to educate about the real meaning of song lyrics, and waiting for someone to make a similar project for rock music!

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Aleks Buczkowski
I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.