The Mecca, the birthplace, the hub...whatever you want to call it, there is no denying that hip-hop has deep and important roots in New York City. The city, its neighborhoods, and its streets have been name-dropped in countless songs that paint an aural picture of the landscape even for those who have never been there.

Illustrator Sarah King has taken some of those references, as well as info about where important New York rappers and DJs came from and other important cultural landmarks, and has created this awesome typographic illustration of Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Everything from the location of Hot 97, Hollis Queens, and even Stapleton Houses (where members of Wu-Tang were born) is included along with drawings of buildings and bridges. Check out the full illustration below, maybe you'll learn something.

[via Vulture]