COVERED: Vibe vs. The Booth

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Timeline: early 1996. Vibe magazine creates a cover story for Death Row Records and on the cover were its biggest stars: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, and the label’s founder, Suge Knight. The backdrop was simple: black. In the foreground: hip-hop elegance. It remained one of the best covers Vibe would do. 18 months after this cover his stores, 2Pac was dead.

Timeline: 2013. Joe Clair, former host of the BET hip-hop show Rap City and star of many television commercials over the years, now has a new radio show called The Booth. For their photo, Joe Cleezy takes on Suge’s stance, co-host Shanti Das takes the Snoop glare while co-host Ronnie Jordan handles the 2Pac move. Like his career in music, Dr. Dre doesn’t exist in this recreation but we’re okay with this. As for The Booth, you may check out the latest installment below, or make sure to check out Clair’s Soundcloud page on a regular basis.

SOME STUFFS: Hip-hop buttons by artist Nathan McKee

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Salt-N-Pepa, Public Enemy, Biggie Smalls, 2Pac, and Run-DMC are the artists who are part of a new series of buttons created by Portland, Oregon artist Nathan McKee, who zinesters may know for his fanzine Fake Your Own Death.

These aren’t digitally manipulated Photoshop print-outs, but rather hand drawn so when you buy and wear them at school or concerts, they’re sure to start up a discussion. There’s even a cool Michael Jackson set, covering all prime eras of MJ’s adult life in illustrated form.

You can take a look at them by heading to BuyOlympia.com.