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Musicians Behind the Camera in New Playboy Video

28 Feb, 2003 By: Brendan Howard

Rappers and rockers are always marrying beautiful models, so is it any wonder they jumped at the chance to photograph Playboy Playmates and models live in the studio?

Hip Hop & Rock: Platinum Bad Boys Become Playboy Photographers is $19.98 on VHS and DVD, and streets April 8 (prebook March 11) from Playboy Home Video.

After Playboy's dotcom division came up with the idea of celebrity photographers, the video team ran with it.

“This helps to expand our fan base to music,” said Barry Leshtz, SVP and GM of Playboy Worldwide Home Video. “We're hoping the music store environment -- our biggest accounts -- are going to be receptive to merchandising this within artist categories.”

Celebrity photographers include hip-hop artists Ja Rule, Xzibit, Nelly, DMX, and rockers Tommy Lee (formerly of Motley Crue), Bret Michaels (formerly of Poison), Korn's Jonathan Davis and Disturbed's David Draiman.

As the objects of photographic affection, 2002 Playmates Nicole Narain, Christi Shake and Michele Rogers are joined by Playboy online and special-edition magazine models.

The musicians snap photos to a variety of rap and rock tunes, including tunes by Ja Rule, Xzibit, DMX, Korn and Disturbed.

DVD extras include photo slideshows, interviews with the artists and models, new songs from members of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan and never-before-seen music videos.

Photos of the shoots will be featured in the March issue of Playboy magazine.

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