MY TWO FAVORITE THINGS:
90s - early 00s rap/hip hop
fruit

Concept & paired, then illustrated & designed
100 CONSECUTIVE DAYS of rap + fruit pairings

 vulgar, rude, harsh    vs.   sweet, soft, delicate

REPOSTS, LIKES + TWEETS FROM: 
WuTang
 LL Cool J
 Outkast
  Jurassic 5  |  DJ Nu-Mark & Chali 2na
Foxy Brown
 KRS-One
 Chad Hugo  |  N*E*R*D
2 Live Crew
DJ riz  |  Crooklyn Clan

If you want to go and take a ride wit me / We three-wheeling in the fo’ with the gold D’s / Oh why do I live this way? / Hey, must be the moneyyy / If you want to go and get high wit me / Smoke a L in the back of the Benz-E / Oh why must I feel this way? / Hey, must be the moneyyy Nelly ft. St Lunatics | “Ride Wit Me” | 2000 MEYER LEMONS are a hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin orange. Unfortunately due to the drought, all lemon varieties are extremely limited. California grows 91% of the country’s lemons and the long-lasting drought has doubled their usual cost. Today, all varieties of lemons are the most expensive they’ve ever been since the Bureau of Stats have been tracking the fruit since 1980. It costs $50 for a case of 165 lemons ($30-$35 standard price). For small/local restaurants it’s extremely time consuming and costly to quickly revise their menus. Bars are also very reliant on this fruit for garnishing and flavouring. Lemons are a basic staple in cooking & drink mixing.  Dependant AF. No. 022/100

If you want to go and take a ride wit me / We three-wheeling in the fo’ with the gold D’s / Oh why do I live this way? / Hey, must be the moneyyy / If you want to go and get high wit me / Smoke a L in the back of the Benz-E / Oh why must I feel this way? / Hey, must be the moneyyy

Nelly ft. St Lunatics | “Ride Wit Me” | 2000

MEYER LEMONS are a hybrid between a lemon and a mandarin orange. Unfortunately due to the drought, all lemon varieties are extremely limited. California grows 91% of the country’s lemons and the long-lasting drought has doubled their usual cost. Today, all varieties of lemons are the most expensive they’ve ever been since the Bureau of Stats have been tracking the fruit since 1980. It costs $50 for a case of 165 lemons ($30-$35 standard price). For small/local restaurants it’s extremely time consuming and costly to quickly revise their menus. Bars are also very reliant on this fruit for garnishing and flavouring. Lemons are a basic staple in cooking & drink mixing.  Dependant AF.

No. 022/100

…Do-owww-ohhhh-oggg / EeeyiyiyiyiyahtheDoggPound’s inthehou-owwse / The bomb / EeeyiyiyiyiyeahtheDoggPound’s inthehou-oww-owse / Snoop Doggy, Do-owww-ohhhh-oggg / The bomb / Snoop Doggy, Do-owww-ohhhh-oggg / Dog Snoop Dogg | “Who I am (What’s My Name)” | 1993 Cultivated first in Belgium and Northern France during the 17th century, the REDCURRANT are a tiny bright red translucent berry slightly smaller than a blueberry. A variety of cultivars spread wild across Europe extending to Asia. Grapes and raisins top the list for the most poisonous fruits for dogs but the redcurrant is equally as dangerous with the same levels of toxicity. Toxic AF 🐶🐶🐶 No. 063/100

…Do-owww-ohhhh-oggg / EeeyiyiyiyiyahtheDoggPound’s inthehou-owwse / The bomb / EeeyiyiyiyiyeahtheDoggPound’s inthehou-oww-owse / Snoop Doggy, Do-owww-ohhhh-oggg / The bomb / Snoop Doggy, Do-owww-ohhhh-oggg / Dog

Snoop Dogg | “Who I am (What’s My Name)” | 1993

Cultivated first in Belgium and Northern France during the 17th century, the REDCURRANT are a tiny bright red translucent berry slightly smaller than a blueberry. A variety of cultivars spread wild across Europe extending to Asia. Grapes and raisins top the list for the most poisonous fruits for dogs but the redcurrant is equally as dangerous with the same levels of toxicity. Toxic AF 🐶🐶🐶

No. 063/100

If you a fly gal / Get your nails done / Get a pedicure / Get your hair did / Boy, lift it up, let’s make a toast-a / Let’s get drunk, that’s gon’ bring us close-a / Don’t I look like a Halle Berry poster / See the Belvedere playin’ tricks on ya / Girlfriend want to be like me, never / You won’t find a b**** that’s even better / I make you hot as Las Vegas weather / Listen up close while I take it backwards Is it worth it, let me work it / I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it / Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I / Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I / If you got a big, let me search it / And find out how hard I gotta work ya / Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I / Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup Missy Elliott | “Work It” | 2002 Low in sugar and high in healthy (monounsaturated) fat, AVOCADOS are👌👌👌. Eaten or smothered on as a face mask, this fruit is great for keeping skin soft and hydrated. Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins & minerals and known as the darling of the produce section. This fruit is also known to contribute to strong shiny 💇 and 💅’s. Overall a solid food AND beauty product making you sexy AF.  No. 006/100

If you a fly gal / Get your nails done / Get a pedicure / Get your hair did / Boy, lift it up, let’s make a toast-a / Let’s get drunk, that’s gon’ bring us close-a / Don’t I look like a Halle Berry poster / See the Belvedere playin’ tricks on ya / Girlfriend want to be like me, never / You won’t find a b**** that’s even better / I make you hot as Las Vegas weather / Listen up close while I take it backwards

Is it worth it, let me work it / I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it / Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I / Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I / If you got a big, let me search it / And find out how hard I gotta work ya / Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I / Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup


Missy Elliott | “Work It” | 2002

Low in sugar and high in healthy (monounsaturated) fat, AVOCADOS are👌👌👌. Eaten or smothered on as a face mask, this fruit is great for keeping skin soft and hydrated. Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins & minerals and known as the darling of the produce section. This fruit is also known to contribute to strong shiny 💇 and 💅’s. Overall a solid food AND beauty product making you sexy AF. 

No. 006/100

Girl I must warn youuuuu / I sense something strange in my mind / Yeah yo situation is serious / Let’s cure it ‘cause we’re running out of time / Mm mm tell 'em Rick it’s all so beautiful / Relationships they seem from the start / Yeah mm mm it’s all so deadly / When love is not together from the heart / Mm mm check it out It’s driving me out of my mindddd / That’s why it’s hard for me to find / Can’t get it outta my head / Miss her, kiss her, love her, wrong move you’re dead / That girl is poisonnn / Never trust a big butt and smile / That girl is poison Bell Biv DeVo | “Poison” | 1990 DAPHNE BERRIES are extremely toxic. You’ll apparently experience choking sensations if you eat the fruit, while its twigs and bark can cause rashing and eczema. Only fruit-eating birds are immune to them. Such a pretty name, Daphne, but that girl is poison AF 💊💊💊🔪🔪🔪  No. 034/100

Girl I must warn youuuuu / I sense something strange in my mind / Yeah yo situation is serious / Let’s cure it ‘cause we’re running out of time / Mm mm tell 'em Rick it’s all so beautiful / Relationships they seem from the start / Yeah mm mm it’s all so deadly / When love is not together from the heart / Mm mm check it out

It’s driving me out of my mindddd / That’s why it’s hard for me to find / Can’t get it outta my head / Miss her, kiss her, love her, wrong move you’re dead / That girl is poisonnn / Never trust a big butt and smile / That girl is poison


Bell Biv DeVo | “Poison” | 1990

DAPHNE BERRIES are extremely toxic. You’ll apparently experience choking sensations if you eat the fruit, while its twigs and bark can cause rashing and eczema. Only fruit-eating birds are immune to them. Such a pretty name, Daphne, but that girl is poison AF 💊💊💊🔪🔪🔪 

No. 034/100

They see me rollin’ / They hatin’ / Patrolling they tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty / My music so loud / I’m swangin’ / They hopin’ that they gon catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty Chamillionaire ft. Krayzie Bone | “Ridin’ Dirty” | 2005 Ridin’ dirty, MANGOSTEENS were a contraband fruit, illegal in the United States. Native to the Sunda and Moluccas islands of Indonesia, mangosteens are grown and found in Southeast Asia and tropical countries like Colombia. The deep purple rind is extremely thick, but once sliced, inside are five perfectly white sectioned slices of fruit. Mangosteens have been available in Canada but because of a belief the fruit harboured a particular fruit fly they became illegal in the US. Dirty AF no more as the ban has been lifted.  No. 046/100

They see me rollin’ / They hatin’ / Patrolling they tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty / My music so loud / I’m swangin’ / They hopin’ that they gon catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty / Tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty

Chamillionaire ft. Krayzie Bone | “Ridin’ Dirty” | 2005

Ridin’ dirty, MANGOSTEENS were a contraband fruit, illegal in the United States. Native to the Sunda and Moluccas islands of Indonesia, mangosteens are grown and found in Southeast Asia and tropical countries like Colombia. The deep purple rind is extremely thick, but once sliced, inside are five perfectly white sectioned slices of fruit. Mangosteens have been available in Canada but because of a belief the fruit harboured a particular fruit fly they became illegal in the US. Dirty AF no more as the ban has been lifted. 

No. 046/100

Ball so hard b**** behave / Just might let you meet Ye / Chi towns D. Rose / I’m movin the Nets to BK / Ball so hard muhf**** wanna fine me / That s*** cray Jay Z & Kanye | “***** in Paris” | 2011 DENSUKE WATERMELONS have a black rind and supposedly have a special type of sweetness. Grown exclusively in Hokkaido, Japan, only a hundred are farmed each year. The most expensive one ever sold went for $6,000. Balling hard AF. No. 001/100

Ball so hard b**** behave / Just might let you meet Ye / Chi towns D. Rose / I’m movin the Nets to BK / Ball so hard muhf**** wanna fine me / That s*** cray

Jay Z & Kanye | “***** in Paris” | 2011

DENSUKE WATERMELONS
 have a black rind and supposedly have a special type of sweetness. Grown exclusively in Hokkaido, Japan, only a hundred are farmed each year. The most expensive one ever sold went for $6,000. Balling hard AF.

No. 001/100

Damn, damn, damn James Yes, when I first met my Spottieottiedopalicious angel / I can remember that damn thing like yesterday / The way she moved reminded me of a brown stallion / Horse with skates on, ya know / Smooth like a hot comb on nappy *** hair / I walked up on her and was almost paralyzed / Her neck was smelling sweeter / Than a plate of yams with extra syrup / Eyes beaming like four karats a piece just blindin’ a ***** / Felt like I chiefed a whole O of that Presidential / My heart was beating so damn fast Outkast | “Spottieottiedopaliscious” | 1997 From the same state as Outkast, GEORGIA PEACH farming began around the civil war as an alternative to cotton farming. Known as the “Peach State” Georgia was the first to grow the fruit before California and South Carolina - the top three states to cultivate the sweet, fuzzy-skinned fruit. A Georgia peach also refers to a cute southern beauty. Outkast’s made up word for a beautiful lady 👉👉👉Spottieottiedopalicious. This fruit 🍑🍑🍑 a spottieottiedopalicious georgia peach.  No. 060/100

Damn, damn, damn James

Yes, when I first met my Spottieottiedopalicious angel / I can remember that damn thing like yesterday / The way she moved reminded me of a brown stallion / Horse with skates on, ya know / Smooth like a hot comb on nappy *** hair / I walked up on her and was almost paralyzed / Her neck was smelling sweeter / Than a plate of yams with extra syrup / Eyes beaming like four karats a piece just blindin’ a ***** / Felt like I chiefed a whole O of that Presidential / My heart was beating so damn fast


Outkast | “Spottieottiedopaliscious” | 1997

From the same state as Outkast, GEORGIA PEACH farming began around the civil war as an alternative to cotton farming. Known as the “Peach State” Georgia was the first to grow the fruit before California and South Carolina - the top three states to cultivate the sweet, fuzzy-skinned fruit. A Georgia peach also refers to a cute southern beauty. Outkast’s made up word for a beautiful lady 👉👉👉Spottieottiedopalicious. This fruit 🍑🍑🍑 a spottieottiedopalicious georgia peach. 

No. 060/100

I don’t **** with you / You lil stupid *** *****, I ain’t ******’ with you / You lil, you lil dumb *** *****, I ain’t ******’ with you / I got a million trillion things I’d rather *****’ do / Than to be ******’ with you, lil stupid *** I don’t give a ****, I don’t give a **** / I don’t, I don’t, I don’t give a **** / *****, I don’t give a **** about you, or anything that you do / Don’t give a **** about you, or anything that you do Big Sean ft. E40 | “I don’t **** with you” | 2014 Native to Japan, the WINEBERRY was introduced to the United States in 1890 as an ornamental plant and a potential for cross breeding with other berries. Unfortunately the raspberry-like berry and and its vines grow abundantly. Despite being an edible fruit, the Japanese wineberry is notoriously known as the most invasively growing fruit in North America and one of the most unwanted plants “bullying” native and proper plants out of their respective landscape. Wineberries don’t give AF.  No. 045/100

I don’t **** with you / You lil stupid *** *****, I ain’t ******’ with you / You lil, you lil dumb *** *****, I ain’t ******’ with you / I got a million trillion things I’d rather *****’ do / Than to be ******’ with you, lil stupid *** I don’t give a ****, I don’t give a **** / I don’t, I don’t, I don’t give a **** / *****, I don’t give a **** about you, or anything that you do / Don’t give a **** about you, or anything that you do

Big Sean ft. E40 | “I don’t **** with you” | 2014

Native to Japan, the WINEBERRY was introduced to the United States in 1890 as an ornamental plant and a potential for cross breeding with other berries. Unfortunately the raspberry-like berry and and its vines grow abundantly. Despite being an edible fruit, the Japanese wineberry is notoriously known as the most invasively growing fruit in North America and one of the most unwanted plants “bullying” native and proper plants out of their respective landscape. Wineberries don’t give AF. 

No. 045/100

When the East is in the house / Oh my God / Danger / When the East is in the house / Oh my God / Danger / When the East is in the house / Oh my God / Danger / Danger Blahzay Blahzay | “Danger” | 1993 All parts of the yew plant are toxic to humans, while the YEW BERRY itself causes headaches, lethargy, aches, itching, skin rashing that leads to trembling, staggering, coldness, weak pulse to collapsing. The fruit looks like a red olive where its seed is found protruding from its hollow center. Its the seed in the berry and every part of the plant that is highly toxic. Additionally the poison does not die away when the plant dies. Branches, leaves and bark, if strewn or pruned, are still poisonous. As few as three berries can cause the above symptoms. Dangerous AF ❗️❗️❗️ No. 051/100

When the East is in the house / Oh my God / Danger / When the East is in the house / Oh my God / Danger / When the East is in the house / Oh my God / Danger / Danger

Blahzay Blahzay | “Danger” | 1993

All parts of the yew plant are toxic to humans, while the YEW BERRY itself causes headaches, lethargy, aches, itching, skin rashing that leads to trembling, staggering, coldness, weak pulse to collapsing. The fruit looks like a red olive where its seed is found protruding from its hollow center. Its the seed in the berry and every part of the plant that is highly toxic. Additionally the poison does not die away when the plant dies. Branches, leaves and bark, if strewn or pruned, are still poisonous. As few as three berries can cause the above symptoms. Dangerous AF ❗️❗️❗️

No. 051/100

Ghetto superstar / That is what you are / Comin from afar / Reachin for the stars / Run away with me / To another place / We can rely on each other / uh-huh / From one corner, to another, uh-huh Ol Dirty Bastard ft. Maya | “Ghetto Superstar” | 2001 The PINEBERRY is a modern day creation by Dutch farmers who had a dream to save the South American superstar fruit from extinction by making it a hybrid with a red berry. Smelling and tasting like a pineapple, the pineberry resembles a teeny tiny strawberry. This fruit starts off green and ripens to white. Dream team and schemes 🍓🍓🍓🍍🍍🍍 Cute and sweet AF. No. 035/100 

Ghetto superstar / That is what you are / Comin from afar / Reachin for the stars / Run away with me / To another place / We can rely on each other / uh-huh / From one corner, to another, uh-huh

Ol Dirty Bastard ft. Maya | “Ghetto Superstar” | 2001

The PINEBERRY is a modern day creation by Dutch farmers who had a dream to save the South American superstar fruit from extinction by making it a hybrid with a red berry. Smelling and tasting like a pineapple, the pineberry resembles a teeny tiny strawberry. This fruit starts off green and ripens to white. Dream team and schemes 🍓🍓🍓🍍🍍🍍 Cute and sweet AF.

No. 035/100 

You the f****n’ best / You the f****n’ best / You the f****n’ best / You the f****n’ best / You the best I ever had / Best I ever had / Best I ever had / Best I ever had / I say you the f****n’ Drake | “Best I Ever Had” | 2009 Drake, another name for dragon 🐲🐲🐲. DRAGON EYE fruit, commonly know as Longan, are about the size of a large grape. This Southern China native fruit has a large brown seed in the middle of its translucent white juicy meat, referenced as the dragon’s pupil 👀 👀 👀 In Chinese medicine they’re eaten as a blood tonic, building energy, Qi. To peel and open longan, pinch its thin brown/yellow shell with your index finger and thumb. The outer shell will snap open and you can eat the fruit like a lychee What @Realghostfacekillah @bigghostltd said: “Drake is the Patron Saint of Tenderness incubated beneath the tender bosom of Mother Canada into the tofu complexioned phenomenon he is today.” Soft AF 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 

You the f****n’ best / You the f****n’ best / You the f****n’ best / You the f****n’ best / You the best I ever had / Best I ever had / Best I ever had / Best I ever had / I say you the f****n’

Drake | “Best I Ever Had” | 2009

Drake, another name for dragon 🐲🐲🐲. DRAGON EYE fruit, commonly know as Longan, are about the size of a large grape. This Southern China native fruit has a large brown seed in the middle of its translucent white juicy meat, referenced as the dragon’s pupil 👀 👀 👀 In Chinese medicine they’re eaten as a blood tonic, building energy, Qi. To peel and open longan, pinch its thin brown/yellow shell with your index finger and thumb. The outer shell will snap open and you can eat the fruit like a lychee

What @Realghostfacekillah @bigghostltd said: “Drake is the Patron Saint of Tenderness incubated beneath the tender bosom of Mother Canada into the tofu complexioned phenomenon he is today.” Soft AF 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 

I self-produced & showcased 90 pieces as a gallery show

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spinning all 100 tracks from my project

Hosted at the former Sujaro Gallery SF, CA
Event photography, Avery D'alessandro