Site of the Week: color in the rhymes with Jumbo Coloring & Rap Activity
Take the name — Jumbo Coloring and Rap Activity — at face value: it’s a coloring book tumblr of rap artists, or as Houston rap legend and co-curator of the site explains it: “It’s like one of those coloring books that kids have, except way less boring.” As bizarre as it sounds, award-winning rapper Bun B and self-titled “tank top enthusiast” (i.e., hip-hop writer) Shea Serrano have tag teamed on this tumblr that gives grown-ups a chance to relive childhood while revisiting some great rap songs.
Each entry features a downloadable picture or activity along with the usual coloring book scenarios wherein you have to solve some character’s “problem” — like being blank — by coloring them in. The only difference is, they’re adapted to rap artists. For example, one reads: “It’s a nice day out and Lil Wayne wants to skate. Can you help him?” As a bonus, along with each empty outline of famous rappers from Drake to The Game comes a corresponding YouTube link to give you the perfect jam to listen to while you color.
However, not every picture is a traditional color-in-the-lines scenario — many posts switch up the format so that you can, say, draw on Drake’s eyebrows, do a Nicki by Numbers color template (she is one of rap’s “brightest characters” after all), or connect the dots on Tupac’s bandana. Now only six weeks old, the blog has already been featured in Complex, The Washington Post, and Spin among other publications. As the site grows, it caters more and more to its followers — just in time for Halloween they made a Jay-Z pumpkin template, and for Thanksgiving they made a Kanye West card.
So print out a jpeg, bust out your crayons, and enter their coloring contest to win a J.Cole Dreamville t-shirt.
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