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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Bay Area Mentions On RapMap Are Severely Disappointing

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 8:58 AM

So, there's this RapMap thing, which turns the lines in this rap lyrics database thing into a Google map/mashup thing, which is, we guess, supposed to be enlightening, or something. Only problem (and this is a big problem): It pretty much sucks for the Bay Area. The entire map dedicated to the Bay Area consists of three entries -- 90th Ave. in Oakland, which has a rap lyric logically related to it, S.F.'s Folsom Street Fair (related, strangely, to a line from Ludacris' "What's Your Fantasy?") and Bohemian Grove, the summer playground of the illuminati in Sonoma County, which is allegedly fits in with a line from Drake's "Light Up" (it doesn't).

Basically, this is wrong. Very wrong. The map has Tupac's elementary school in Baltimore, but not his high school in Marin? Hell, one verse of Too Short's seven-minute  "Just Another Day" could triple the number of local entries on this thing. So, Bay rap fans, you know what to do. Start throwing some local artists' lyrics into this database, and get us fair representation on RapMap. Or start a Bay Area-only version, so we can make all those otherwise well-represented New York and Atlanta people feel bad.

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