The Rap Map (Interview w/ Brennan Collins + Panther Lattimore)
This week, we’re talking about The Rap Map with Georgia State's Professor Brennan Collins and student Panther Lattimore. The map chronicles a decade’s worth of rap lyrics referencing different Atlanta locations, connecting popular culture with local history and pinpoints the lyrics of Atlanta hip hop artists to create a map of the city based on narratives from historically marginalized communities rather than the traditional maps created by those in positions of power.
Back in October, I got a message from Rachel at Brave Nu Ventures, asking me if I wanted to come to one of her events at The Dungeon. The event featured a presentation by Panther showing us the The Rap Map, but also breaking down Omeretta the Great’s “Sorry Not Sorry”, which came out in 2022. This interview is so different from anything I’ve done in the past because I typically come in laser-focused, with a very specific topic, but this conversation was broad - it’s about what is Atlanta, the changing landscape of rap in Atlanta and how we use data in these fascinating ways.
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