Why Hip-Hop Makes for Great Visual Content

There are plenty of fascinating things in this world that make great visual content, and we see the same areas being explored over and over: science, health, business, tech. But there is one area of interest that seems to be continually mined for inspiration: hip-hop. From fascinating data visualizations to unique interactives to videos, this particular corner of pop culture shows up in our feeds a lot. 

What’s the Most Mentioned Car in Rap Music? It’s Not an Impala.

Luxury cars have always been a staple element in rap music. Snoop Dogg waxed lyrical about his ’64 Impala in ‘Still A G Thang’, and The Game has dropped seven major car brands into the songs he writes – but what car is the most popular? Medium crunched the numbers on lyrics from Rap Genius, and came up with the lowdown on what cars, and car brands top the rap world – and it’s not an Impala.

Lushlife: Rapper Uses Heads of Cardboard Lyrics

We’re definitely loving this new and infectious single by South Philly based rapper Lushlife… as much for the creative video as the catchy rhymes. What really makes the video stand out is the creative display of the songs lyrics: all 188 words handmade into 3D cardboard hats.

Typographical Throw-down in Underground Rap

We’ve got a new love for Italian rapper Mecna and his video for the hard-hitting song Super. It features a full on typographical throw-down of italian lyrics, rendered in flashes of the lyrics in white font over the underground wandering artist. If you’re wondering, the instrumental track is Ratatat’s, Loud Pipes and you can find a free download of Mecna’s version at mecnamusic.com. Anyone want to try identifying all the beautiful fonts here?

Music And Mass Revolution In Libya

In times of great turmoil musicians find inspiration in the moment and attempt to capture the state of political unrest and put the revolution to music and art. In Libya, there’s no exception. MC Swat, 23, is a lyricist who’s been writing blistering lyrics against the Gaddafi regime since the uprising began in February.

Gig Posters: The Other Gods Of The Arena

The gig poster became the rock concert standard during the late-’60s psychedelic era. According to Stanley Mouse, co-creator of the Grateful Dead skull and roses logo, “There was no other advertising except the posters at the time, so maybe we’d do 1,000, maybe 3,000, in one run.” Then they’d hang around and wait to see if anyone showed up.

Hip-Hop Mayhem with Cops On Fire


You know those shots from That 70’s Show where the kids are all sitting around the table in the basement philosophizing about life? This music video starts out like that, with a camera circling on a table… then explodes into dizzy arts and crafts mayhem! A cardboard world appears, buildings burn down, water-skiers do jumps… and all in a tiny cafe.

Featuring Moscow-based hip-hop and rap group Cops on Fire. For more of their catchy beats check out their official website or myspace page.