While Baseball and hip-hop are both staples in american culture, they have rarely crossed over into each others world. A Tumblr page titled Straight Outta Cooperstown is looking to change that.
The account shows a natural blend of vintage baseball card styles with pictures of some of the all-time greats within the rap world. With that, Lou Brock became Lou Brock Shakur; Mel Ott became Missy Mel Ott; Connie Mack becomes Kanye Mack; Phil Rizzuto becomes Phil RZAto; Carl Yastremzemski becomes Carl Nastrezemski and so on and so forth.
Some of these shots will surely blow your mind.
“It started as a few random puns but the more we thought about, the more we realized that there are some pretty cool overlaps between baseball and hip-hop (even though on the surface they don’t seem to have a lot in common),” the trio wrote in a statement provided to XXL Magazine. ”The plan was always to time it with the baseball Hall Of Fame induction weekend, but the upcoming release of the movie Straight Outta Compton was a nice coincidence.”
It’s pretty exciting to see the once large gap between the baseball and rap world close in distance. A study done by Billboard released this week revealed that Drake is a favorite amongst Major League Baseball players. According to the study, a Drake song (where he is either featured or the lead artist) has been picked 17 different times, number that beats out AC/DC (14 times), Jay Z (11) and Big Sean (10).
For those looking to view more rap-baseball cards from the Tumblr account, hit the link here. I wonder which rappers they will turn into baseball cards next!