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Word is Bond: ‘Where I’m From’

Where-Im-From-Jay-Z-DocumentaryBY ELI KABERON

A central theme in rap music has always been representing. Shouting out where someone was raised, the neighborhood they live and the city they claim is a necessity for any rapper.  Go through history and try to find one MC who didn’t have at least one song about representing. It’s impossible; they’ve all done it.

In this week’s Word Is Bond, I wanted to take a look at maybe my favorite song on the subject. No surprise, it’s by my favorite rapper of all-time. Jay-Z’s “Where I’m From” takes representing to a new level, giving all the grimy details on what life was like for a young Shawn Carter growing up in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects.

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