A mecca for rap has emerged in the birthplace of jazz and blues

The edgy rhymes emanating from cities like Baton Rouge spill from a crucible of economic struggle and disenfranchisement.

Rapper La'Jerrian Triplett (left), known as "Nook Dinero", freestyles in a parking lot in the Scotlandville neighborhood of Baton Rouge with Calvin Bell, known as Speedy. "Triplett" grew up in the small town of Clinton, about 35 miles north of Baton Rouge. Despite a population of less than 1,700, Clinton is home to many aspiring rappers who write bluesy, diaristic hooks primarily about daily life.

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