Artist Jay Shells' The Rap Lyrics Project heading from street to LA gallery

  • by: JOHN ROGERS , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 2, 2014 - 10:15 AM

LOS ANGELES — Artist Jay Shells was in his New York City studio last year, painting while listening to rapper Big L, when some lyrics booming through the room grabbed his attention: "On 139 and Lenox Ave, there's a big park. And if you're soft, don't go through it when it gets dark."

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