When Rap Meets the Art World

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  • The Legends of Hip Hop
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Ras Kass, Van Gogh
  • Kehinde Wiley
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Damon Dash
  • Fab 5 Freddy
  • Swizz Beatz
  • Kanye Meets Murakami
  • "Beat Bop"

Picasso: Hip Hop's Favorite Artist?

Rappers have long name-dropped legendary painter Pablo Picasso to get a leg up on competition. Some rappers, like Nacho Picasso and Poe Picasso, named themselves after him. Bigger names have incorporated him into their rhymes. "You draw? Better be Picasso, you know, the best," Jay-Z rapped in 1996 on "Friend or Foe." Meanwhile, on "It's All About the Benjaminz," Sheek spit, "I'm strictly tryin to cop those colossal-sized Picassos."

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