News: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nas & Mobb Deep's Illest Lines Hit NY Streets [Video]

Monday, Mar 25, 2013 8:10PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Street artist Jay "Shells" Shelowitz has decided to take his skills up a notch by hitting the streets of New York City and dropping hip-hop lyrics by rap greats ranging Jay-Z to Wu-Tang Clan's GZA.

According to reports, JS has already started the venture, simply called "Rap Quotes," and taken over the Big Apple's streets.

Previously, street artist Jay Shells has taken on etiquette of all kinds, from human behavior to animal behavior to subway behavior. But now he's back with something totally different, albeit still in his signature sign form: Rap Quotes. The idea is simple, and the result is sort of amazing: he has taken rap lyrics that mention specific locations around New York City, created signs with those lyrics, and has installed them at their appropriate locations. Animal has video of the installation process of the signs, which feature lyrics from Kanye, Jay-Z, GZA, Mos Def, Nas, and more. (Gothamist)

A couple years ago, Shells went from the underground New York subways to making social networking-themed precautionary street signs.

Last year, the artist Jay Shelowitz, also known as "Jay Shells," frustrated with gross and inappropriate subway behavior, posted signs across the subway system, in the style of actual MTA notices, warning against some of the most common etiquette failures. Now he's doing the same thing aboveground, with signs extolling New Yorkers not to update their Facebook statuses while walking, to pull up their pants, and to properly dispose of their cigarette butts. How about the people who make phone calls at the top of the subway stairs? Those people are the worst. (NY Mag)

Last year, the street artist addressed his artwork being swagger jacked.

"Well, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? It's possible that this Eddie fellow hadn't heard of my campaign. Or, he just wanted to keep it going without reaching out to me. Who knows? I'd like to think that I own this concept, but I wasn't the first and surely won't be the last to address Subway Etiquette. He certainly didn't silkscreen his poster(s) though, eh? Eddie: Thanks for spreading the message, but do some research kiddo." (Animal New York)

Check out Jay Shells doing what he does best:

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