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NBA’s New Taxi Ads With Rainn Wilson, Look Familiar?

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(Jimmy the cab driver, circa 1993)

When I first saw the new NBA commercials featuring Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office) as a crazy cab driver with different NBA players in the back, I thought they were hilarious.  Then I realized it reminded me of a similar ad campaign from the 90’s… which I automatically assumed was from the NBA, and they had just re-worked it.

WRONG.

Thanks to The Google, my memory became more accurate.  The ads weren’t from the NBA, they were from MTV.  The character of ‘Jimmy the cab driver’ was a household name and commercial in the 1990’s, played by actor Donal Logue.  Classic commercials that everyone born before ’84 should remember.

So, what is it….. a blatant rip-off, or a clever homage to a childhood hero, Jimmy the cab driver?

Original MTV ad:

NBA’s current ad:

…Yes I Did

MTV’s “Hottest MC’s in the Game” selected Kanye as #1 this year, with Jigga man as runner-up.

Here’s a new verse performed by Kanye over the “Everything I Am” instrumental at the G-Shock 25th Anniversary party. ‘Ye informed the crowd this was written at 8am the day before. How’s that for instant retention? Kanye’s formula of charismatic, sarcastic rhymes, coupled with raw observations from a regular dude (who happens to be in the limelight) is why he continues to win. That, and oh yeah, “he do spazz out at his shows”. Remember when people said Kanye couldn’t rap? Yeah, I know… people also used to think the sun rotated around the Earth.

Video – HERE

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“Open up your Bibles, let’s hear from the Reverend
I’m two number 1’s so, together I’m 11
she a 10, i’m number 1, together we 11 …. Continue reading ‘…Yes I Did’


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