Bridging the gap between the fine and the less refined

What if your favorite musician was a painter?

So I wanted to try something cool an integrate two worlds that don’t meet enough. Fine art and hip-hop. How you ever thought about what it would be like if your favorite rapper was a painter? It’s ok, I already thought about it for you. Now I am not a modern art expert but I do have a strong general kowledge. Here is it:

Kanye West=Jean-Michel Basquiat

Its an obvious correlation. They are both genius. Both grew up in middle class homes. And both rejected the notion of traditional education. The most striking similarity is how both express their creativity in previously unknown ways i.e. Kanye West’s 808’s and Heartbreak (2009). They are constantly being pressured to be creative and there is sometimes lack of acceptance and certainly the potential for Kanye to collapse under his genius. This is percisely what happened to Basquiat. Truly a gift and a curse.

 Cabeza

Frank Ocean=Marcel Duchamp

Its not quite as easy for me to explain this one but Duchamp invented the concept of ready-mades, which is him making ordinary objects in art like an upside down urenal and bicycle wheel. Yes this is real. Frank has essentially done the same thing by taking pure human emotion and making it into art. He has illuminated the idea of being human (humanity) as beautiful.

Nude Deceasing a Staircase

Jay-Z=Paul Cezanne

The obvious connection is that both are the godfather’s of their respective realm. Kanye West & Pharrell Williams look to this guy as a mentor and they are each sold millions upon millions of records. While Cezanne of course mentored artist like Picasso & Matisse. Also Cezanne was an impressionist which, by definition, is someone who depicts life as it is. Jay-Z is the same way. His songs are about his life and the struggle of growing up in the projects in Brooklyn and now that he’s rich we get songs like “Niggaz in Paris”. Get it how you live…

The Card Players

to be continued…

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3 responses

  1. Anthony Bottan

    This is OUTSTANDING!!!! I loved it. So insightful and creative. I also love that background image. Please do more stuff like this!!!

    February 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm

  2. Pingback: Kanye West x Picasso: 808′s & Heartbreak x Blue Period Comparison « alilgoldandapager

  3. Pingback: UPDATED Kanye West x Picasso: “808′s and Heartbreaks”/Blue Period Comparison « A Lil' Gold and A Pager

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