- Kendrick Lamar (King Kunta)
Veteran musician Dr. Dre has just released a music album and movie about that scary 'hood.
Compton, where Yetunde, big sister of Venus and Serena Williams was killed in a mindless drive-by shooting.
I remember when my little sisters wanted to go out to Compton for a New Year's party. Or was it Carson? They'll remember it as Fun December 2004. Anyway, no, anywhere but there, sweeties. Y'all 'bout to give me a heart attack :) so I shepherded them to a party in the whiter, bourgie-r, safer hillside town of Altadena.
Maybe I'll see the Straight Outta Compton film at some point, and try out the music too, but meanwhile here's the effect these hip-hoppers have had on media interest in "Compton"
|Google Trends: Compton (in blue) is ten times more popular than, basically, ever|
Right now, Compton (population ~100,000) is a bigger deal than Lagos (population > 20 million) and even Nigeria, and all because of a movie.
|Wikipedia: Compton is youthful 'working-class' and black, but has produced great musicians|
There's a lesson here: it's so easy to build a city. Keywords: Lekki. Ikeja. Oregun. dot-biz. Chambers of Commerce. I'm just saying, let's BE the local government we want to see.
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