Some say that a good day is any day that you’re alive, but rapper Ice Cube was a little more specific on the matter in 1993. In this hour-by-hour illustration, digital artist Fernando Reza visualises that glorious day in south central Los Angeles when Ice Cube had a pork-free breakfast, won at dominoes, got complimented on his sexual prowess. That day he didn’t even have to use his AK. Check out the illustration and listen along to the song after the jump.
We don’t know all that much about Jay-Z’s problems, just that there are 99 of them of which a bitch isn’t one. Illustrator Ali Graham imagines what tribulations the 50-million-album-selling, seventeen-Grammy-Award-owning rap mogul could face in his life. Broken umbrellas (ella ella eh eh eh), diggers in Paris, and dirt on his shoulder are some of Jay-Z’s 99 Problems. Check out more of them after the jump.
Butts, butts everywhere.
The wibbly wobbly twerk dance takes centre stage in the music video to Major Lazer’s new single. If you’ve seen any Major Lazer music videos before, the alarms bells should already be ringing. Prepare for more Eric Wareheim absurdity as behinds get blown up in Bubble Butt. NSFW, obviously.
Not that I was paying attention, but the track features the singing talents of Bruno Mars, Mystic, and Tyga.
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South Korean rapper Psy (real name: Park Jae-Sang) is a viral sensation. The music video to his song Gangnam Style about a yokel who tries to impress a lady by pretending to be a dapper man-about-town has been viewed over 90 million times on YouTube.
The infectious charm comes from his comical equestrian-inspired dance move, which has been aptly titled “the horse-riding dance”. If you’re yet to experience it and are in need of a feel-good song, check out Gangnam Style below.
Like the Bloods and the Crips, the rivalry between Mac and PC rages on, albeit with a little less bloodshed. But it’s cut-throat nonetheless as Epic Rap Battles of History pits the two champions of the computing world against each other. It’s the nerds versus the creatives but who is the real winner in this throwdown? Find out below.
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When it comes to illustrations, we’ve seen our fair share of comic book superheroes and popular characters from TV and film. In his ongoing project, UK-based illustraror Dale Edwin Murray puts hip hop on the centre stage as he creates portraits of some of the biggest names — past and present — in the rap business.
Check out 2Pac, Biggie, Snoope, Kanye, Flava Flav, and a few more of your favourite rappers in Murray’s Hip Hop Heads after the jump.
The Internet is filled with all kinds of Photoshop hints and tips, none we think are as entertainingly presented as this Photoshop Tutorial Rap.
Watch ace Photoshopper and part-time rapper CMYKilla as he drops his rhymes in this surprisingly instructive music video.
Unlike Jay-Z, rapper Alex Warren doesn’t get to reference world famous landmarks because he lives in Newport, Wales. Warren’s tongue-in-cheek version of Empire State of Mind talks about the fantastic sights of his hometown including the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and the plentiful supply of designated parking zones.
The parody has been viewed over 300,000 times since its release on July 20th. Check out Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind) below. There are subtitles in case you don’t fully comprehend the Welsh accent.
BONUS: On a more local tip, Delidave and Eracode rap humourously about Cape Town life in a spoof of one of NWA’s most well known songs. You’ll find Straight Outta Kloof Street after the jump.
If you liked The Notorious MSG’s Chinatown Hustler, you’ll might giggle at this too.
In Year of the Chao, Chinese rapper Peter Chao pays homage to a Fort Minor track (Remember the Name) and does a remarkably good job – if you can figure out what he’s saying. I heard something about Hello Kitty and derisherous yellow titties. Check out the music video below.
You’ve listened to Jay Z and Alicia Keys in Empire State of Mind. Now hear the Dark Lord of the Sith as he teams up with Princess Leia to bring you a rap from the outer reaches of space. Check out College Humor’s parody, Galactic Empire State of Mind.