From Fruity Alcohol to Computers, Rapper Ad Campaigns are in Vogue

By: Jordan Sowunmi - Published: Jun 7, 2011
In the last few years, rapper endorsements have become ubiquitous in marketing and advertising. This wasn't always the case. In the late '80s and early '90s, rappers provided free endorsements for brands and companies by referencing them liberally in songs. Furthermore, many in the rap community accused any rappers engaged in endorsements as "sell-outs."

The late '90s and early 2000s saw a shift toward widespread acceptance rapper endorsements when those in the community discovered that endorsing products could be even more profitable than rapping itself.

Featured in this collection of some of the most ridiculous rapper endorsements are artists like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent, all of whom have made a comfortable living by lending their name to products from companies like Hewlett Packard to PETA. Take a look at our collection and see if you spot your favorite rapper hawking some wares.