Koran Streets Turns Tragedy To Triumph On “Without A High School Diploma”

The Berkeley spitter drops off a raw, powerful new visual.

December 23, 2016

Koran Streets doesn't hold much back on "Without a High School Diploma." The song is all catharsis, starting with a mission statement in the first few bars: Long as I can put it in a song, I can deal wit it.


At 26, Koran has been through a lot already. When he was 13, the Berkeley, CA rapper spent six months in a coma and underwent 27 surgeries after a fire burned over a quarter of the surface area on his body. More recently, he lost a brother and collaborator, J.B. the Legend, whose memory he evokes here and all over his excellent September release You.Know.I.Got.It.

Over the years though, Streets has maintained a positive outlook and made waves in both music and acting, starring in a pair of Bay Area films, Licks and Kicks, and building a growing fan base by delivering music that's raw and emotionally direct.

"Without A High School Diploma" represents my struggle, my pain, all the trials and tribulations I've gone through in my life to still remain who I am today," Koran told The FADER in an email. "Ultimately, the song represents the most vulnerable parts about me." Watch the visual, directed by Oakland's Luis Montoya, above.

Koran Streets Turns Tragedy To Triumph On “Without A High School Diploma”