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When this commercial first came out, boy, did Hammer catch it from a lot of folks in the rap world. He did not care really, because he was on top of it. Really, there is nothing wrong with the ad culturally speaking. The thing is, at the time, there was a lot of rap groups confronting a lot of the race issues of the time. This KFC ad was seen by many within the Hip-Hop and the Black community as degrading. However, from a business perspective, Hammer never really got credit for being one of the first rappers to get endorsement deals of that size. I bet that check he cashed made history!!
I've always loves Sinister Brand fight wear. You've seen some of the biggest UFC stars wear their shirts into the cage. These guys have made quality stuff for years. Recently I heard a track from the upcoming album by Rakaa Iriscience from the trio Dilated Peoples. Outside of his devastating rhymes, he's one of the first rappers to train in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. His new solo album Crown of Thorns drops July 20th 2010. Anyway in one of his songs he says "Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Sinister Brand Sponsored/ You ain't fit, you old aerobics like Jane Fonda!" I love it. So many rappers reference MMA and UFC related themes in their music. This one is by far one of the best. Expect to hear more stuff like that in the coming years. If you ain't up on Dilated Peoples you are probably living under a rock. Here are two videos I suggest you peep.
You will see Ralek, Ryron and Renner Gracie in a cameo