Artist Jay Shells has created over 30 official-looking street signs featuring rap lyrics that reference New York City street corners, buildings, parks and other locales and installed them at their proper origin points in each borough. His Rap Quotes project features rhymes from Mos Def, GZA, Guru, Pharoahe Monch and many other legendary New York emcees. And Puff Daddy, for some reason.
At this point, it’s safe to say most if not all of his original Rap Quotes signs have been stolen or removed, especially the Lil Fame one calling out crooked cops that Shells planted outside of a Brownsville police station. As Shells continues to roll out new batches of signs, he may eventually have to update Cam’ron’s 145th and Broadway quote to accurately represent an increasingly gentrified West Harlem. “Where them killers at?” More like “where them Bikram yoga yuppies at.”