Watch Ludacris rap for Jif with a mouthful of peanut butter

Hip-hop rapper returns with a new flow in latest installment of 'Jif’ing Good' campaign

Published On
Aug 16, 2021

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Rapping with a mouthful of peanut butter is an absurd challenge that American rapper and actor Ludacris is taking on for Jif. The J.M. Smucker-owned brand today unveiled a campaign that features a lyrical battle between old school and new school rap that is, in fact, ludicrous. 

The Atlanta rapper, whose real name is Christopher Bridges, has returned to the music scene with his new single “Butter ATL,” which is an ode to his coincidental love for Jif. That single dropped last week, and today the peanut butter brand released an ad based on the song. The Lil Jif Project introduces hip hop’s newer style of flow and shows how Ludacris can’t stop eating Jif peanut butter. 

The spot comes from Publicis New York and was directed by Grammy-award winning director Dave Meyers via Radical Media. Meyers, who has worked with Ludacris before, says the rapper was a perfect fit for the ad.“An older rapper might find themselves challenged to update their flow like newer rappers, and who better than lyricist Ludacris to explore that?"

The video features Ludacris rapping with a mouthful of creamy peanut butter. His signature braids can be seen unraveling into a modern-day Afro as he spits to the beat. New school rapper Gunna is also featured on the new track and is seen approving of Ludacris' new sound. 

The campaign will run on TV, online and radio.

BCL Entertainment, a company that specializes in partnering talent with brands, says that hip-hop was the genre that authentically connected to the creation of Jif’s new flow. “We needed a talent who would contribute to the campaign to make sure that it is appropriate and respectful of culture and that it will translate well to all consumers, not just hop-hop fans,” says Bettie Levy, founder of BCL Entertainment.

The campaign includes an interactive #JifRapChallenge on TikTok inviting users to record a rap duet. The only catch is they too will have a mouthful of peanut butter as they try to keep up with Ludacris. 

Jif’s effort follows recent moves by other older food brands to use rappers to improve their standing in pop culture.  McDonald’s, known for their celebrity meals, recently collaborated with hip-hop artist Saweetie to launch “The Saweetie Meal,” as part of its “famous orders” campaign that has also featured BTS and Travis Scott.  Also, Cheetos partnered with Latin artist Bad Bunny to give fans an exclusive fashion e-commerce experience.


Aug 16, 2021
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Agency :
Publicis-New York
Chief Creative Officer :
Erica Roberts
Creative Director :
Alan Wilson
Creative Director :
Peter Defries
Senior Designer :
Spencer Chan
Senior Designer :
Zac Collopy
Copywriter :
Josh Clayton
Art Director :
Mollie Coyne
Designer :
Connor Fitzgerald
Social Creative Director :
Dave Gordon
Associate Creative Director :
Judd Wachstein
Senior Art Director :
Jessica Larkin
Head of Production :
Tim LeGallo
Executive Producer :
Lauren Schneidmuller
Business Affairs Manager :
Deanna Gattie
Print Producer :
Dorina Sharara
Group Account Director :
Yuri Lee
Account Director :
Erika Maddrey
Account Supervisor :
Nia Bolling
EVP Strategy Director :
Jennifer Baldwin
Strategy Director :
Allie O’Shea
Social Strategy Director :
Tristen Sechi
SVP Public Relations :
Patricia Hallock
VP Public Relations :
Laurie Shulman Derousseau
SVP Media Relations :
Alan Danzis
Head of Culture :
Salama Warner
VP Project Management :
Alex Orson
Senior Program Manager :
Ariel Wakasa-Gonzalez
Talent Producer Company :
BCL Entertainment
Founder & CEO :
Bettie Levy
Production Company :
Radical Media
Director :
Dave Meyers
Executive Producer :
Jim Bouvet
Executive Producer :
Gregg Carlesimo
Producer :
Lisa Brugliera
Editorial Company :
Editor :
Nick Gilberg
Assistant Editor :
Shane Van
Executive Producer :
Sasha Hirschfeld
Head of Production :
Evyn Bruce
Producer :
Julie Zivic
VFX/Post Production Company :
Jamm VFX
VFX Supervisor/Shoot Supervisor :
Jake Montgomery
Lead Compositor/VFX Supervisor :
Patrick Munoz
Flame Artist :
Adrien Servadio
Flame Artist :
Graziella Gandolfi
Flame Artist :
Louis Mackall
CG Team :
Zak DiMaria
CG Team :
Connie Ho
CG Team :
Brian Burke
CG Team :
Ben Martin
Shoot Supervisor :
Rob Rhodes
Executive Producer :
Asher Edwards
Producer :
Justine Pregler
Animation Company :
Motif Studios
Head of Animation & 3D :
Craig Parker
3D Artist :
Andre Janse van Vuuren
Producer :
Jacques Bock
Colorist Company :
Company 3
Colorist :
Stefan Sonnenfeld
Audio Record Sound Design & Mix Company :
Super Exploder
Audio Mixer & Sound Designer :
Jody Nazzaro
Producer :
Meredith Nazzaro

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