Is JAY Z the reason BASQUIAT is blowing up in the mainstream??

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  1. Lil Bape the PostGod

    Lil Bape the PostGod Voice of the hood

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    lets be honest...the streets werent checkin for basquiat until swizz and jay started promoting him...now this nikka gettin multi-millions off of a stick figure paintings like this??

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    all his paintings look like this :lolbron:

    :stopitslime: he even has a sneaker/clothing deal with reebok...does he just paint?? or is he signed to roc nation or swizz or somethinl ??

    What's the story? When did he get hot? Nikka ain't tryna google
     
  2. Firefly

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    Uh Hov is good at putting people who have no culture or knowledge of the world feel like they on something new.


    From Hublot to Basquiat, Hov is perpetually late on things. Like 5-10-20 yrs late in most cases but it's new if you don't know much about anything.
     
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  3. OnlyInCalifornia

    OnlyInCalifornia Southern California/Vegas Supporter

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    Bad troll is bad.
     
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  4. vaudevillevillain

    vaudevillevillain G of a mack & the steez of a geezer

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    :ohhh: i thought basquiat was getting millions for his paintings while he was alive?
     
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  5. Christopher browns

    Christopher browns Be Happy Brehs.

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    Dudes running out of shyt to talk about so he try's to come off artistic when in reality he just sounds autistic.....it's the dualities of it all :smh:
     
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    Basquiat is dead. Do you nikkas know how to google shyt?

    He was a black pop artist from 80s NYC who started out broke as shyt. The art world fell in love with him and everything he made. He was known for grafitti like art with social observations. He became a star among the elite. Dated Madonna. I believe he OD'd on heroin.
     
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    You sir are an idiot...
    I nominate you for dumbest thread of all time... Roast this man!
     
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  8. vaudevillevillain

    vaudevillevillain G of a mack & the steez of a geezer

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    :youdontsay: who out there better than Jay-Z right now
     
  9. UghhFan

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    you be surprise what people will buy
     
  10. chefmate7days

    chefmate7days Why U Bullsh&ttin?!

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    Basquiat is an overrated artist who OD'd on purpose so people would consider him a legend. Homie was popular at first then all his art exhibits started flopping til his death.
     
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  11. diggy

    diggy Uglier than a Master P sneaker Staff Member

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    Why Jay-Z Keeps Referencing Jean-Michel Basquiat in 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' - US News and World Report


    Why Jay-Z Keeps Referencing Jean-Michel Basquiat
    It's more than just bragging about buying expensive art

    By TIERNEY SNEED
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    "I'm the new Jean-Michel," Jay-Z raps on his new album.
    The second track of Jay-Z's new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," is titled "Picasso Baby," but his allusions to late neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat within the song may be a more striking comparison for the rapper. "I'm the new Jean-Michel," Jay-Z raps, which is one of the multiple times Basquiat is referenced on the song. Even Jay-Z's collaborators give a shout-out to the artist elsewhere on the album ("I hope my black skin don't dirt this white tuxedo/ Before the Basquiat show," Frank Ocean sings on "Oceans"). It's an allusion that Jay-Z has made for years.

    But the parallels between the artist's and musician's careers suggest that Jay-Z is not so much the new Basquiat, but a continuation of the struggles the painter faced had he been allowed to mature. Dying due to a heroin overdose at 27, Basquiat was just beginning to grapple with the contradictions of success and his humble, urban beginnings, a contradiction that has defined much of Jay-Z's (and plenty of other rappers') career. This juxtaposition is also a dominant theme for much of "Magna Carta Holy Grail." Simply put: Jay-Z is Basquiat grown old.



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    Born to immigrant parents in Brooklyn in 1960, Basquiat began his art career on the streets. He gained notoriety for his graffiti work with his friend Al Diaz (under the tagline SAMO) before breaking out as a solo artist on New York's glitzy 1980s arts scene. Jay-Z, also born in Brooklyn, came into the world nine years after Basquiat, with his early music referring to the lessons he learned dealing drugs during his youth.

    Basquiat's rise to fame was meteoric. A 1985 New York Times piece titled "New Art, New Money" opens with Basquiat drinking a Kir Royale at an elite Manhattan restaurant and describes his ascent:

    "Five years ago, he didn't have a place to live. He slept on the couch of one friend after another. He lacked money to buy art supplies. Now, at 24, he is making paintings that sell for $10,000 to $25,000. They are reproduced in art magazines and also as part of fashion layouts, or in photographs of chic private homes in House & Garden. They are in the collections of the publisher S. I. Newhouse, Richard Gere, Paul Simon and the Whitney Museum of American Art."

    While the New York Times profile captured Basquiat at the height of his fame, critics were already doubting whether his art – brash, violent and gritty primitivist portraits of urban black life – was beginning to lose some of its authenticity, particularly as Basquiat became embedded with the high-end, celebrity art community (including a buddy-buddy relationship with the biggest celebrity pop artists of them all, Andy Warhol):

    "But after Basquiat's show at Mary Boone last spring, some critics complained that his recent work had grown too soft, too slick - and one blamed the long shadow of Warhol."

    Since finding fame, Jay-Z has had to juggle his new life and the old one that inspired the music that made him famous in the first place. He brings up his crime-ridden past and current fancy lifestyle, at times within the same breath. And while Basquiat descended into depression and drug abuse over the course of his rapid rise (and it's worth considering how his art would have had evolved if it had continued to run up against this contradiction), two decades of fame have brought Jay-Z not just riches, but stability. He is happily married to a global pop star and father to perhaps the most envied 17-month-old in the world. "I don't pop molly, I rock Tom Ford," he raps on "Tom Ford," referring to Ecstasy, rap's drug du jour, the same one Jay-Z said would have people "feeling like a champion" on "Empire State of Mind."

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    While Basquiat was just beginning to grapple with this contradictory existence, Jay-Z has had two decades to reflect on it, and his struggle to do so is on display in "Magna Carta Holy Grail."He brags of his journey from drug dealer to billionaire businessman on "BBC" (which stands for "Billionaire Boys Club"), saying that despite his legal wealth, he could catch federal racketeering charges due to the cost of his jewelry. Mostly, Jay-Z feels confident about this duality, no matter the suspicions that arise. In other places, he sounds a little more insecure, as on "Somewhere in America:"

    "New money, they looking down on me

    Blue bloods they trying to clown on me

    You can turn up your nose, high society

    Never gone turn down the homie"

    The comparison he makes between slave ships and "Ocean's 11" yachts on "Oceans" has ruffled some critics, but he has every right to brag about his success, as he does on "F.U.T.W.," which he begins by begging, "Just let me be great."

    "After that government cheese, we eating steak

    After the projects, now we on estates

    I'm from the bottom, I know y'all can relate"

    But his new life of business pursuits – endorsements, record labels, clothing lines, sports management – outside (yet so entwined with) his music haven't entirely pleased critics. "Magna Carta" reviewers have derided the album's Kurt Cobain riffs and shots at Instagram after he convinced Samsung to buy the first million copies in order to ship the album through an Android app, as well as having the RIAA change their digital sales rules so the album was certified platinum before it was released. Fittingly, the album marketed with the hashtag #newrules .

    Billboard's Jeff Rosenthal wonders why Jay-Z references Basquiat so much. On a somewhat obvious level, they serve Pierre Bourdieu's theory of cultural capital: that one can establish his or her social class not just by the things he or she can afford, but also the cultural artifacts one is familiar with, such as art, music, cinema and fashion.

    It's not just that Jay-Z is rich enough to afford a Basquiat painting, he understands its cultural relevancy. So devoted to Basquiat's legacy, Jay-Z even used Basquiat's signature "E" without the vertical line on his Blueprint 3 album cover.

    In Jay-Z's world, he can be a high-flying rich guy, but someone concerned with the racial and political struggle on the streets. And in that sense, his Basquiat references are fitting. Not only because Basquiat's art focused on many of the same themes as Jay-Z's music, but because their careers followed the same trajectory. Jay-Z's career may stretch as long as Picasso's, but its really a continuation of the contradictions Basquiat was only beginning to face. As Jay-Z says on "Picasso Baby," he wants to "spray everything like SAMO," but he's also worried about "scratching up his Lambo," a concern Basquiat never had the chance to understand.
     
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  12. Danie84

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    I fail to see the aesthetic in a Basquiat painting :scusthov:

    But his Radiant Child was a great documentary on how a Brooklyn kid went from rags-to
    to-riches in 80s NYC. Too bad he OD and died :ehh:
     
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  13. spinoza

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    OP stop c00ning.
     
  14. diggy

    diggy Uglier than a Master P sneaker Staff Member

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    Im tired of hearing about the nikka to be honest

    Jigga need to fukk wit Bob Ross da Boss

    Spittin that Crack>>>Dying from Heroine

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    :ufdup: That right there is straight :trash: I wouldn't be surprised if Jigga man was receiving a cut from the Basquiat estate :patrice: Anyway this guy doesnt hold a candle to Warhol. Just a junkie from Brooklyn who ppl glorify for no reason. Not hating but there hundreds of more deserving artists than Mr. Basquiat :beli:
     

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