Apr 19, 2013

Fine Art Friday: Jay Shells - "The Rap Quotes" Series

Artist and designer Jay Shells has been posting street signage around New York, often in the neighborhoods discussed in the lyrics, that pays homage to some of his favorite rap quotes. Presenting them on standard metal signs that look like the common parking signs cluttered around each curb in NYC, he flips the idea of communicating warnings and laws and dedicates a series of less obvious quotes from MCs such as Tragedy Khadafi, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Jay Z, Mos Def, Kanye West, Gza, Nas, Jeru the Damaja, DJ Premier, and more. You can support his efforts by rocking a "rap quotes" T-shirt from Etsy or just follow his almost daily quotes on Twitter via The Rap Quotes.

Check out some of the signs below and start paying more attention to the world around you so you can catch some of these in action before the city undoubtedly destroys them.

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