“I smoke on the mic like smoking Joe Frazier.
The hell raiser, raising hell with the flavor.
Terrorize the jam like troops in Pakistan.
Swinging through your town like your neighborhood Spiderman”
- Inspektah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan) ‘Protect Ya Neck’
Hip-Hop and comic books have a long history together, with many rappers referencing comic characters and stories in their personas and music. Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah a.k.a. Ironman, a.k.a. Toney Starks is taken straight from Marvel Comics’ billionaire playboy (yet spelled differently for legal reasons). His crew mate, Method Man, also takes on another alias as Johnny Blaze, the alter ego of Ghost Rider. MF Doom’s mask and name are inspired by the Fantastic Four’s arch nemesis, Dr. Doom. Jean Grae comes from Jean Grey, founding member of the X-Men, also known as Marvel Girl and Phoenix. Big Punisher of the Terror Squad was named for the antihero, The Punisher. David Banner’s stage name is pulled from The Incredible Hulk television show featuring Lou Ferrigno (in which Bruce was renamed David)… and the list goes on and on.
We have SICK STAR Muse Melissa Reign
, as her alter ego, Spider-Reign - unmasked, combing the record store Hip-Hop section for a shoot inspired by the characters and stories from the music and books that inspired us.
Special thanks to Dave at Vegas Vinyl
for letting us use his shop for our shoot. Be sure to check out Vegas Vinyl
when you're in Las Vegas. They have one of the most extensive Hip-Hop record selections in Las Vegas and a lot more, conveniently located close to The Strip, right across from the airport. Tell them that we sent you.
Also special thanks to Ike Check for letting us borrow some special pieces.
Muse: Melissa Reign
Location: Vegas Vinyl
Special Thanks: Ike Check