April Lawson, NBC Chicago Street Team
What’s the best way to commoditize rappers like Lil Wayne’s mean mugs? On 2.oz squares of semi sweet or dark chocolate, of course. Queens New York native Tahir Hemphill of StapleCrops.com brings food to his creative enterprise with a line of rap chocolates. They are an extension of Staple Crops’ Hip Hop Word Count: a rubric developed by Staple Crops to estimate the education level needed to understand certain selected rhymes or bodies of work created by rappers. The rubric has been applied to Rakim, Jay Z, Kanye West, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., Da Brat, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco as well as lesser known rappers: John McCain and Barack Obama. So, go ahead and lick the rapper.