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The Fader’s ‘The Things I Carry’ series provides viewers with an in-depth and entertainingly mundane insight into the pockets (and personal lives) of your favorite rappers. Here, you’ll see the two latest entries in the The Things I Carry series, one featuring legendary megastar Big Boi of the Diamond-selling rap group Outkast, the other featuring up-and-coming Canadian DJ/producer Ryan Hemsworth.
Hemsworth’s collection is packed and endearingly eclectic—a novel by Japanese author Yukio Mishima, a laptop covered in rap-related stickers, a series of non-descript pins, while Big Boi’s is sparse and travel-friendly—three lighters, a machine-rolled joint, cash, business cards. Both are fascinating and revealing in their ordinariness.
The best part about the series is that you feel like you’re getting an authentic look into the lives of rappers, who so often seem larger than life. This personal touch brings these stars down to earth and helps us realize that despite their fast-paced, action and money-filled lifestyles, rappers aren’t all that different from everyone else.