Notorious B.I.G.

Some Odalisques Are Only About That Thing: Amazing Tumblr Juxtaposes Hip Hop Lyrics and Classic Artworks

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In the grand Tumblr tradition of mashing up seemingly unrelated art forms (see also: the eternally relevant Slaughterhouse 90210) — and perhaps in tribute to the increasing overlap between the worlds of hip hop and high art — comes a delightful project called Fly Art. Billed as “an homage to the finer things in life: art and hip hop,” Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano’s Tumblr superimposes lyrics from the likes of Kanye West and Lauryn Hill on complementary artworks by Renaissance and Modernist masters alike. Click through to see some of our favorite juxtapositions from Fly Art, which we spotted via Beautiful/Decay.
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Witty Vintage-Style Ads Starring Contemporary Music Icons

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There’s just a week and a half left before the new Mad Men season rolls out, but in case the ’60s-style withdrawal is too much to bear, Ads Libitum has the graphic design beat covered. Run by David Redon, the Tumblr has been posting faux-aged ads starring pop culture figures from the last two decades since July 2013. Redon’s favorite subject is musicians, but the full site has a spot for Breaking Bad‘s Pollos Hermanos as well. Click through for thoroughly retro renditions of OutKast, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, and more.
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The Illustrated Lyrics to Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy”

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Lyric videos have been all the rage on YouTube for years, with fans showing off their iMovie skills by placing fancy fonts over images of a musician while his or her song plays in sync. But designer Jay Roeder did something a little bit more artistic: he created illustrated images for the lyrics to Notorious B.I.G.’s classic track “Juicy” (spotted on Egotripland, via The Hairpin). Sure, there are a couple of missing lyrics (a hand-drawn n-word still makes one uncomfy, I suppose), but this homage to Biggie’s wordplay is still pretty great. 
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Ranking Rapper Name Changes from Least to Most Bizarre

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Rapper (and Spring Breakers star) Gucci Mane briefly changed his name to “Guwop” yesterday, before reneging thanks to an immediate Twitter backlash from fans. It’s not the first time a rapper’s changed monikers mid-career, or even the most dubious choice of nickname — though “Guwop” is certainly up there. Plenty of MCs don’t seem particularly attached to their chosen stage names; in fact, some of them even switch it up multiple times. We’ve compiled a list of rap’s most high-profile name changes and the reasoning behind them, from the perfectly reasonable to the totally bizarre.
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