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Rap-game Halloween masks


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Amy Thompson plays the role of Tupac
Halloween is a week away, and if you're like me you've come up with a few dozen costume ideas without actually beginning work on one. For a little while I considered dressing up as Riff Raff, but I nixed that after the Source got there first with a full-page article listing the perfect accessories in chart form. It's not just that a major music magazine came up with the same idea—it's also the fact that pulling off the costume would exceed my Halloween budget several times over.

I've been on the hunt for an outfit that would be cheap and easy to put together quickly, and every potentially wearable object I come across gets filed in a "Halloween accessories" list stored somewhere in my brain. So I couldn't help but pause when my friend Matt showed me a couple odd masks of Eminem and Tupac he discovered after a recent move.

The bulbous and wobbly pieces of plastic faintly resemble their real-life counterparts, though the Eminem one is a little off—its cartoonishly oversize nose is best described as Nixonian. The knit cap adorning the thing looks like the one Marshall Mathers wore in 8 Mile, which is the biggest clue telling folks the mask is supposed to be Eminem.

Amy Thompson plays the role of Eminem

Rubie's, the New York costume company responsible for the masks, doesn't really help clear things up with the label inside:

I'm sure the folks at Rubie's labeled the mask "famous faces white rapper" due to licensing issues; Rubie's has a long list of licensed Halloween products, and Eminem and Tupac aren't included. (However, anyone looking for a Slipknot costume is in luck.) That probably explains why "Eminem" is "famous faces white rapper" and "Tupac" is "famous faces thug life." It might also explain why the Tupac mask is missing the rapper's trademark nose ring.

I tried to reach a PR rep for Rubie's to find out more about the masks, but so far nobody has gotten back to me. I also wasn't able to ask if Rubie's has plans to make masks of any other white rappers—Vanilla Ice, say, or Asher Roth, or Mac Miller. Hell, if Rubie's made one, I might spring for a Riff Raff mask.

Leor Galil writes about hip-hop every Wednesday.