Hip-Hop News: Rappers Drop Hip Hop Brand Names Like Hotcakes
When rap artist drop brand names like Mercedes and Nike, some are paid placements, others are not.
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Posted by Dave
Rap News Network
1/3/2006 4:05:10 PM

Hip hop music has been inserting product placement for many years, and now the highly regarded brands state that specifying which product names are being paid would undermind both the rapper and brand creditibility.

Mercedes received 100 mentions, while Nike came in second with 63 mentions and former No. 1 Cadillac took third with 62, according to American Brandstand 2005, a report by Agenda Inc., a San Francisco-based marketing firm. The report tallies which products were most name-dropped in the 106 songs that reached the Billboard Top 20 this year. 
Auto brands dominated the Top 10, with Bentley, Rolls Royce and Chevrolet also among the most-mentioned. 
A total of 35 percent of the songs that made the charts in 2005 contained product references, compared to 40 percent of songs in 2004. The top product categories in this year's list were automobiles, fashion labels, beverages and weapons. 
The brand which made the biggest gain in ranking this year was the pistol-maker Beretta, which debuted at No. 13 with 24 mentions. 
Rapper 50 Cent was the most brand-dropping rapper of the year, with 17 product mentions in 7 songs, mentioning brands like Bentley, Cristal, Lamborghini, Mercedes and Nike. 
Top ten brands:
 1. Mercedes-Benz
 2. Nike
 3. Cadillac
 4. Bentley
 5. Rolls-Royce
 6. Hennessy
 7. Chevrolet
 8. Louis Vuitton/Cristal (tie)
 10. AK-47

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