Want to bust out the Crayola and give your once-vaunted coloring skills a much-needed work out? Skip the Spongebob Squarepants and wax those skills on something more adult-oriented with the Gangsta Rap Coloring Book.
Authored by Anthony "Aye Jaye" Morano, the book features full-page portrait drawings depicting some of hip-hop's most popular figures. Many of music's biggest thugs, from Eazy E to B.I.G. to DMX, are represented, clad in thick black outlines housed inside similarly drawn frames.
The Gangsta Rap Coloring Book is an 11.1 x 8.4 inch volume, filled with pages of clean drawings you can deck in heavy slabs of color. This expanded version is published by Last Gasp and contains 48 pages - 28 more than Morano's self-published original release.
Surprisingly, it's all rappers depicted on the thing, with none of the bikini-clad entourage that got me watching gangsta rap videos in the first place. So I guess that makes it just a tad more general patronage, provided you don't start dropping the rhymes you memorized from the NWA discography while engaging in some coloring activity time with the kids.
If you ever wanted to get people in your house party interested in picking up a crayon and slinging it across paper, we can’t imagine a better book to inspire it. The Gangsta Rap Coloring Book is on sale now.