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The great rap logos from the history of hip hop acted as cultural co-signs, and for every great rapper and label there is a memorable stamp of approval. A lot of the great ones were designed in the art departments of the labels by a few notable designers, who at the time probably didn’t know that they were penning what would become cultural iconography. Sometimes, the logos went beyond the group or the label itself, marks like the Wu-Tang “W” and Tommy Boy logo had moments where the image itself stood on its own.

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