NYC Street Signs Replaced With Rap Lyrics

NYC Street Signs Replaced With Rap Lyrics

Artist Jay Shells pays tribute to the Big Apple's music culture with a series of placards peppered across the city.

Betsy Mead
  • 27 march 2013

It’s not everyday that street signs speak the language of rap. Artist Jay Shells decided to put a new spin, however, on the standard message and installed several signs that feature lyrics from rappers like Jeru tha Damaja, Kanye West and CL Smooth. Messages such as “Cause I want to be on 106 and Park pushing a Benz” (Kanye West) were splashed all over New York City.

Animal posted a video as one of its members cruised the city with Shells, videoing and photographing the artist while he carried out his project.

The signs can be found in locations mentioned in the famous rap songs, such the Marcy projects, where Jay-Z grew up. As Flavorpill notes, they are a refreshing contrast with the standard plaques placed in memory of great New York statesman of the past. A choice selection of images can be seen in the gallery below. Perhaps some of the locations may jog your memory.

Jay Shells


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