Fine Art in Rap Music
References to classical art are omnipresent in rap and hip hop music. Discover how rappers reinvent art history with our special Art & Rap playlist !

Thirty years after the death of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, his legacy is seen and felt more than ever. Basquiat’s name is constantly called out in rap lyrics from artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Nas, and J. Cole.

Content produced by : Inside Edition

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On the agenda
video - 5:30
Why Is Jean-Michel Basquiat Hip-Hop’s Favorite Artist?
By: Inside Edition
video - 3:33
Hidden Meanings Behind ‘APESHIT’ – Beyoncé and Jay Z Video
By: Insider
podcast - 28:08
Art References in Recent Hip Hop
By: Art matters
podcast - 17:42
The Art of Hip Hop
By: Tate
video - 18:34
Classical Art, Blackness, and Lizzo’s “Rumors”
By: mytholotea