The Morissana neighborhood in the Bronx lays claim to a number of hip hop pioneers, including Grandmaster Flash, Fat Joe and Big Pun, but its most Hollywood moment was discovering KRS-One around this time. homeless shelterwhere he lived after leaving home at 16 to take up hip hop, by Scott La Rock, a social worker who also dabbled in DJing.
Jay Z Hideout
Jay Z’s “hideout” at 560 State Street in Brooklyn, as mentioned in “Empire State of Mind,” is a building where he lived in the mid 90s, and frankly, it’s pretty cool. Like, way better than you would expect for an up-and-coming rapper. It has hardwood floors, giant windows and 10ft. ceilings, or at least he did when his unit for sale in 2014. Admittedly, Brooklyn has changed a bit in the meantime.
The intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street in Brooklyn was recognized informally as Christopher Wallace Way for many years and officially for a few. It is best known as the territory that a pre-fame Biggie staked out sell drugsbut it’s also where the 17-year-old was filmed rapping in 1989 in a now viral video. This was back when you had to go home, get your video camera out from under a pile of eight tracks and parachute pants in your closet, and come back if you wanted to film something. It is how it’s good.
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