COMPTON ( — Long before NWA put Compton on the map as the birthplace of “gangsta rap,” it was a cowboy town – a tradition that continues today.

Andrew Hosley takes every opportunity to saddle up and let his horse canter on the streets of Compton.

“I have a regular 9-to-5 job, but I’m a cowboy,” Hosley said. “I always considered myself a cowboy.”

Compton doesn’t have much in the way of green space, much less horse trails.

“It’s very urban. I mean, we kind of make our own trails, there really aren’t any cut-out trails really, and we kind of just go through streets that we know we can be safe,” Hosley said.

The city is best known as the home of gangsta rap, with some of the roughest neighborhoods in the country. But the horse provides a welcome distraction to its most hardened residents.



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