9 Vintage Hip-Hop Inspired Ads

There is sometimes a fine line between hip hop and advertising, with rappers constantly namechecking their favorite brands, or even promoting their own. A french art director by the name of...

  • 9 Vintage Hip-Hop Inspired Ads
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    There is sometimes a fine line between hip hop and advertising, with rappers constantly namechecking their favorite brands, or even promoting their own. A french art director by the name of David Redon may have seen this connection when he began work on a project called "Ads Libitum", which reimagines rap songs as vintage ads. Pulling from 1950s style one-pagers, Redon has turned songs from...
  • Review: Dizzy Wright's "State Of Mind" EP
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    Few rappers out can say they have been rapping since the age of eight and actually mean it. Dizzy Wright has been performing long before he even hit puberty. His mother, who penned his lyrics when he was just starting out, was a concert promoter and exposed him to the industry while other children his age were playing video games and learning their multiplication times table. In 2010, he got his...
  • Mac Miller Announces New Mixtape, Debuts New Songs
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    Mac Miller has been extremely prolific over the last year or so, and seems that his output is only accelerating. Last night, during a show at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Miller announced that he'll be releasing a new mixtape this mother's day, which is May 11th in case you were wondering (now you definitely won't forget, amirite?). On top of the announcement, the rapper performed...
  • Drake Shows Glimpse Of His Sneaker Closet
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    A couple pair of Oregon Js and some Supreme Foams have worked their way into Drake's Spring rotation. No OVO Jordans though.  The glimpse into Drizzy's sneaker closet reveals French Blue Air Jordan 7s, Flint 13s, Playoff 13s, a Reebok Question "For Players Use Only" LeBron James PE, and the classic "Bred" 4s. The Canadian rapper also showed off some diversity in his collection with the...
  • 50 Cent's Top 20 Vixens
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    50 Cent has been dropping some new videos lately, and after watching some of his new material, it's become clear that the rapper has always had a fine selection of vixens in his visuals. We decided to take a look back at all of Fif's videos, and highlight some of the hottest women in each. Turns out, there's even more than we expected, but we decided to break it down to 20 girls in total. Take...
  • 50 Cent Reveals Schoolboy Q Feature On "Animal Ambition"
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     Remember that 50 Cent and Schoolboy Q collaboration that was originally supposed to see life on Oxymoron, but never did? Well good news fam, it appears we’re about hear that record on 50’s new album Animal Ambition. In a new interview with German website HipHop.de, Fif revealed that the highly anticipated record with Schoolboy Q will now live on his upcoming album. Fif tells...
  • Teen Turns Down $98K For His Signed Red October Yeezys
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    Remember the kid who went to see Kanye perform and was lucky enough to have his Red Octobers signed by 'Ye himself? Well, according to a write-up in the New York Times, he turned down a $98,000 offer for the kicks. At the Manhattan event last month, one young vendor turned away $98,000 in cash for his Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” sneakers, designed by Kanye West and signed by the...
  • Photos: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Eminem & More Attend MTV Movie Awards 2014
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    After a busy weekend full of partying for Coachella 2014, the MTV Movie Awards went down live last night, hosted by Conan O'Brien. The event isn't strictly hip-hop, but nonetheless some of our favorite rap chicks made an appearance at the awards ceremony. We've collected a range of photos summarizing the night (as relevant to hip-hop as we can find), including the likes of Rita Ora, Rihanna,...
  • The Hip-Hop Kingdom: Can A Queen Take The Throne?
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    As 2013 came to an end, countless voices in music and specifically in the realm of Hip Hop projected that 2014 would be the year of the female MC breakthrough. From a surface point of view, a "breakthrough" for the female rapper sounds as though they have yet to be discovered or haven’t properly developed as artists. However, if at all forgotten, there was a notable eon in Hip Hop when...
  • Eastbay Schedules Massive Jordan Restock
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    This might be too good to be true. Eastbay has scheduled a massive Jordan restock for April 19th, which could go down as the greatest restock in the history of mankind.  Roughly 30 Air Jordans will be up for grabs starting at 8am EST on April 19th at Eastbay.com. With so much heat available, you're almost guaranteed to leave the site a happy customer if you play your cards right. Some of...
  • August Alsina Reveals Tracklist For "Testimony"
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    August Alsina let go of the official artwork for his major label debut, Testimony, back in February, and now he's given us the official tracklist for the effort.  The project, which will be released April 15th through Def Jam, comes complete with plenty of notable features from the likes of Jeezy, Pusha T, Fabolous, Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, Trinidad James, B.O.B. and Yo Gotti. The 15 track...
  • Nas Signs Boldy James On Newly-Launched Mass Appeal Imprint [Update: Boldy James Denies Signing To Mass Appeal]
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    Boldy James is one of the illest rappers you probably haven't listened to yet, but we can expect that all to change very soon now that he's got the backing of the original Illmatic MC, Nas. We knew that Nas invested in the re-launched Mass Appeal magazine, and it turns out he's stepping things up a notch by launching a Mass Appeal label imprint. The first move was to sign Detroit's Boldy James, a...
  • Most Educated Rappers
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    With school back in session, we've decided to take a look at some of the rappers with college educations. Ashlee Ray goes through the list of both graduates, and College Dropouts in her latest video. Some of them may surprise you! Check it out below.
  • RZA Responds To Wu-Tang Affiliate's Suicide Attempt
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    Earlier this week, we reported the disturbing story of Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper Andre Johnson (AKA Christ Bearer) cutting off his own penis and jumping from a second story balcony in an apparent suicide attempt. Now, XXL has caught up with the crew's de facto leader, RZA, to ask him about his thoughts on the incident.  RZA, who produced Christ Bearer's group Northstar's 2003 debut...
  • Beyoncé And Jay Z Are In The Midst Of Shooting A New Music Video
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    It's been a slow news morning so far, folks, so here's a light one for you. Hip-hop and R&B's most recognizable power couple were sighted shooting a new video in Los Angeles' High Desert yesterday afternoon. A photo was captured of Hov and Bey riding a motorcycle together, the former rocking all-black and the latter a wedding dress. We assume the shoot was either for their collaborative...
  • Future Reveals "Honest" Tracklist
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    Future just announced the official release date for his upcoming sophomore album, Honest, and he's now given us the full tracklist, complete with features. The standard edition of the album will be 12 tracks long, with the title track and recent crew cut "Move That Dope" being the only songs previously released. It collects features from Wiz Khalifa, Drake, and Andre 3000, all of which have been...
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