William Micheal Griffin A.k.a. ‘Rakim’, ‘The God MC’ first entered the music scene with the release of the classic Eric B.& Rakim’s “Paid in Full”. He is widely regarded as one of the most influencial and most skilled MC’s of all time. 5 layerd, 3×33.5×48.5
Lauryn Hill is best known for being a member of the Fugees and for her critically acclaimed solo album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’, which won numerous awards including 5 Grammy Awards. 4 layered, 3x46x58
Christopher Wallace a.k.a. ‘Notorious BIG’ is consitantly regarded as one of the greatest and most influencial rappers of all time. When he released his debut album ‘Ready to Die’ in 1994, he became a central figure in East Coast hip-hop increasing New Yorks visibility at a time when West Coast hip-hop was dominant in the mainstream. Wallace is noted for his loose easy flow, dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling ablilities. 4 layered, 3x49x49
Reggie Noble a.k.a. Redman is widely regarded in high esteem among hip hops elite. After 1 year of attending college at Montclair State University at the ag of 16, he embarked on a musical career. Reaching popularity during the early 90’s as part of the Def Squad, a loosely tied group inspired under the tutilage of Eric Sermon of the acclaimed duo EPMD, he still has what it takes to retain his spot as one of the best.. Named Rap Artist of The Year by The Source Magazine, Redmans flow is best described as party going, satirical, and lyrically stellar. 5 layered, 4x31x33 2.75in black frame with flat clearcoat.
Portrait ‘Rakim Allah’, Aka ‘The God MC’. 5 layered, 3×30.5×40.5
Andre Benjamin a.k.a ‘Andre 3000’ first established himself as part of the powerhouse rap duo Outkast alongside fellow rapper Big Boi. He has been included by many publications, including Billboards list of 10 greatest rappers of all time. Also known as 3 Stacks, Andre has established a unique persona as being wierd or eccentric, disregarding the more traditional roles accredited to most rap artists. 4 layered, 3x35x43
Shawn Carter a.k.a. Jay-Z’s career is best described as rapper turned businessman. He is one of the best selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 100 million records, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music. Since the launch of his 1996 debut album ‘Reasonable Doubt’, Jay-z has continued to evolve as a rapper/businessman. His ventures range from NBA team ownership, clothing lines, to the adult beverage industry. Rolling Stone magazine included 3 of his albums among the 500 greatest albums of all-time. 5 layered, 4x23x48
O’Shea Jackson a.k.a. ‘Ice Cube’ began his career as an original member of the gangsta rap group N.W.A. After leaving the group in 1989 he build a successfull solo career with albums such as Amerikkkas Most Wanted and Death Certificate. He has also established himself succcessfully as an actor and producer for movies such as Friday, Barbershop, and Are We There Yet film franchises. MTV has ranked him number 8 and many others consitantly rank him amongst the best rappers of all time.5x48x48 clearcoated raw wood 2.75in frame.
Kamaal Fareed a.k.a ‘Q-Tip’ embarked on his music career as part of the critically acclaimed group ‘A Tribe Called Quest’. Listed by many as one of the best rapper/DJ’s of all time recording 6 albums with ATCQ. As a soloist, Q-tip distinguished himself not only as an MC lyricist, but as a DJ as well with a mellow laid back rhyme style infused with storytelling and social criticism. 6 layered, 5x33x48, 2.75in black frame
Tupac Shakur is regarded by many as one of the greatest artists of all time. He is included number 86 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest artist of all time. He began his career as a backup dancer and mc for the popular group Digital Underground. LIn 1991 he released his first solo album 2Pacalypse Now, which many rappers have pointed to as inspiration. Shakurs music and philosophy are rooted in American, Black, and world entities, Black Panther Party, Black Nationalism, egalitarianism, and liberty. 5 layered, 5x37x48
Dennis Coles a.k.a. Ghostface Killah first appeared as an original member of the 90″s rap group ‘Wu-Tang Clan’, where he established himself as one the group most distinguished members. He further solidified himself amongst hip-hops elite while guest appearing/co-hosting Reakwon’s “Only built for Cuban Links” album, which became an instant classic. While never splitting from the original group, his first solo album ‘Ironman’ jumpstarted a solo career establishing himself amongst hip-hop royal circle. Ghostface Killah is critically acclaimed for his loud, fast-paced flow, and his emotional stream of consciousness narratives containing cryptic slang and vivid storytelling. 5 Layered, 3×31.5×48