Jay Shells: Rap Quotes

If you're a lover of hip hop, you'll appreciate this rap/art project from Jay Shells. Breaking down the lyrical content of songs from artists like Jay-Z, Mos Def, Nas and Kanye, artist Jay Shells has made street signs that pinpoint specific locations in the streets of New York City. It's a rather simple concept but the results are pretty clever.

Jay Shells- Rap Quotes

Artist Jay Shells has channelled his love of hip-hop and his uncanny sign-making skills towards a brand new art project, aptly titled “Rap Quotes”.

For this ongoing project, Shells created official-looking street signs quoting famous rap lyrics that shout out specific street corners and locations. He then installed them at those specific street corners and locations.

A very simple and creative idea with some clever results. Makes me want to go back and listen to all 30 songs Shells has chosen!

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Shells went on a hunt so to speak throughout the city and posted over 30 signs quoting the likes of Jeru tha Damaja, Mos Def, Nas, Kanye West, Jay-Z, CL Smooth, and GZA.

“Rap Quotes” Street Art Project by Jay Shells from ANIMALNewYork.com on Vimeo.

Watch the video above for a closer look inside the project, and check out my favourite selections here.

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Do you recognise the songs of which the lyrics came from?