Bridging the Gap: Music Stars in Gap Ads

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  • will.i.am
  • LL Cool J
  • Flo Rida, Trey Songz
  • Childish Gambino
  • Lena Horne
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  • Lenny Kravitz
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LL Cool J's raw 1997 ad was a breakthrough. It showed LL rhyming like his old self a capella — at a time when many brands were still hands off in terms of hip hop. But L also pulled a subversive fast one on his employers: Not only was he wearing a hat from upstart urban wear company Fubu in the ad, but he also slickly shouted the brand out in his verse.

(Photo: Courtesy Gap)

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