Hip-hop inspired typography art

We all need a little inspiration, right? But for every ONE great piece of inspirational typography art you see floating around online, like this...

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...there are FIVE HUNDRED tragically cliche, overtly Jesus-y or otherwise badly conceived crimes against graphic design.

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Or this assault against fonts and stock photography.

Or... whatever THIS is.

What? Ugh.

There are some great pieces floating around out there, though.

The above piece was designed by neonhoneytigerlily, whose Tumblr is INCREDIBLE. And who could argue with the the amazingness of this one?

In this grand typography tradition, 2 Sisters officially throw their hat into the ring with these pieces, featuring lyrics from classic hip-hop songs.

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This project began when I started thinking about the bathroom I'd get to decorate (coming very soon if everything goes right) in my new house, and had a hard time picturing the art I'd hang in there. Art in bathrooms is a bit of a conundrum, as the moisture that accumulates can destroy original works. I've always found the best course of action is to use artwork that can't be destroyed by water and toothpaste splashes, like pottery, or to hang inexpensive or handmade art pieces that wouldn't be soul crushing to have to toss or replace in a few years if it gets gross. It should be interesting to look at or read, and can work to set a color scheme or mood for the whole space. Typography prints fit the bill perfectly.

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Click the image to download a full-size, 300dpi .jpg. Background image via dreamstime.com. Used with permission.

So I looked to some of my fave songs for inspiration, and started messing around with Photoshop. At first, the lyric selections I chose were longer and I realized that I was overthinking it. Then Spotify randomly played Tupac, and two hours later, I had four original pieces of typography art. 

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Hip-hop has always held a special place in my musical heart. I'd always thought it would be cool to somehow integrate hip-hop into my style of interior design, but it never quite clicked. These prints, once they're matted and set in mismatched in thrift shop frames, will be a nice nod to the music and culture I love, my style. 

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Now, we take this love and pass it onto you. Go forth and download at your leisure. Hang them anywhere you need an inspirational kick in the pants. And keep your eyes peeled to see these prints pop up in future 2 Sisters design projects.

From the top down:

Lyrics from "Keep Ya Head Up" by 2Pac

Lyrics from "B.O.B." by Outkast

Lyrics from "Tennessee" by Arrested Development

Lyrics from "I Can" by Nas