50, Axl Refuse To Think Outside the Bun
In a series of epic battles on par with Ali vs. Foreman, Itchy vs. Scratchy and Christians vs. people who believe other things, enter attention-starved musicians vs popular foodstuffs into the lexicon of blockbuster rivalries. First, 50 Cent took on Taco Bell back in July, seeking $4 million in damages when the chalupa-peddling fast food giant publicly requested that he participate in a promotion in which he would change his name to “79 Cent,” “89 Cent” or “99 Cent” to reflect the cost of Triple Layer Nachos, a Cheesy Double Beef Burrito and a Big Taste Taco, respectively. More recently, no less exalted an artist than Axl Rose got into it with bastardized cola product Dr. Pepper over the company’s promise to give away free cans of soda if Rose ever actually released his belabored magnum opus, Chinese Democracy.
PS: I have no idea if Wikipedia’s list of Dr. Pepper advertising slogans is completely accurate, but it it hilarious either way. The highlights:
* 2002: “Solves All Your Problems.” (Europe)
* 2007: “El Dr Muy Bueno” (Latin America)
* 2008: “What’s the worst that could happen?” (Europe)