Best Hip Hop Condoms - 2004
OK, truthfully, Jimmie Hatz are the only hip hop condoms available. But that doesn't mean they don't rule. What player wouldn't want to strap on a big dog when "putting in real work," as the Hatz's packaging suggests. The rubbers come in three styles -- Rottweiler, Mixed Breed, and, hoo boy, Great Dane -- each featuring the trademark bulldog on the wrapper. But these caps are more than just a cool way to say hey to your lover. Former Oakland high school baseball coach Harry Terrell conceived (ahem) of the contraceptive devices as a way to "increase awareness of the AIDS epidemic and decrease minority infection" within the hip hop community. To that end, the product's Web site (which at press time was in the process of being upgraded) features informative articles, helpful national resources, and homemade thongs with "discrete pockets" for condoms. So far, Jimmie Hatz have been featured on CNN.com, BET, and KPIX-TV, and been given away by MTV during Spring Break festivities. With that kind of marketing reach, these Hatz may soon give new meaning to the phrase, "Let's get it on."