URBAN ART: JAY SHELLS “RAP QUOTES”

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Jay Shells has fused street art and his graphic design background through his project dubbed “Rap Quotes.” Having taken over 30 quotes from rappers like Heavy D, Jay Z, Mos Def, and GZA/Genius, Jay Shells has gone throughout New York City to post location-specific rap verses printed on eye-catching red signs. There’s a sense of communal participation to the project, as he’s aware that the signs could be—and by now very likely have been—taken by rap fans.

Tracking down where they’ve ended up seems like just as good an idea for a future project.

-Natacha Pavlov

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