"It's where you're at."

Long Island, for those who don't know, consists of 13 Towns, such as the Town of Hempstead, the Town of Babylon and the Town of Islip, all of which are divided into villages, hamlets and census-designated places (CDPs). These neighborhoods range in size from sprawling stretches down to areas of less than two square miles.

From this blog's inception, I've tried to tag each post with the neighborhood of the artist or venue being discussed. This, as you can imagine, has posed several challenges. In addition to trying to figure out where lesser-known artists are from, I've had to decide how specific I was going to be with each. That led to some inconsistencies: Freddie Foxxx was tagged with North Babylon instead of Babylon, but DJ Stitches was tagged with Amityville instead of North Amityville, and De La Soul were tagged with Amityville but not East Massapequa.

I've thought about this for a while, and after some discussion with my girlfriend, a Plainedge native, have decided that I'm going to try to be as specific as possible. That means from here on out, even CDPs as small as Wheatley Heights (1.4 square miles in the northern section of Wyandanch) will get their own tag. I think localizing the posts like this will help provide the most accurate representation of each artist and serves to illustrate the dynamic nature of Long Island hip-hop. After all, Long Island is the largest and most populated island in the continental U.S., so it's only right that I try to be as specific as possible with regards to our artists' hometowns.

Of course, I can only make these judgments based on the information available to me, so if you're submitting music to be posted here, please include in your email which neighborhood you're from, and likewise, if you have any knowledge of where a particular artist on this blog comes from, be it the high school they attended or the block they grew up on, please feel free to share that information. Thanks. Peace.

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