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Gangstæxtemism (also known as Pen N' Pixel) is a design style commonly used on early 2000s hip-hop album covers and promotional material. The style revolves around extreme displays of wealth and status through garish and amateur computer composite work. Most examples of Gangstæxtemism are edited to a point of absurdity. Pen & Pixel, a graphic design company, created several iconic album covers in Gangstæxtemism style.[1]

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Common motifs in Gangstæxtemism include

  • Real-world images
  • Lense flares
  • Oversaturated colors
  • Gangsta items (jewlery, guns, money, ect.)
  • Manipulated typefaces
  • Scantily-clad women
  • Severe image compression
  • Parodies of other media
  • Tipper Stickers

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