Graphic designer and urban interventionist Jay Shells decided that New York City locations, memorialized in rap songs by the likes of Mos Def, Nas, or Jay-Z, should get the recognition they’re due. His guerrilla signage project has installed official-looking signs with rap lyrics at the exact locations referenced. "Cause I want to be on 106 and Park pushing a Benz," rapped Kanye West. Now, a sign says as much, posted at, you guessed it, the intersection of Park Avenue and 106th St. (the Harlem location where BET once had a studio).
We don't have to limit our efforts to rap, of course. I'm certain Clarence and I would enjoy figuring out where Oppenheimer Road is, and posting an Old 97s lyric, among numerous other songs and places. Everybody sign up for something in the comments. We'll make assignments soon.