BASQUIAT & HIP-HOP! 12 Rappers Who Painted Words About The Famous Artist (PHOTOS)

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If you’re an art-lover or simply a fan of the late-and-great artist known as Jean-Michel Basquait, then you know today (August 12) is the anniversary of his untimely death. Basquiat died at the age of 27 – due to a heroin overdose – at his art studio in New York City’s NoHo neighborhood.

The iconic artist – who was of Haitian-American and Afro-Puerto Rican descent – was a self-taught artist whose creativity manifested from graffiti on the streets of NY to neo-expressionism in world-renown art galleries. His creative style consisted of the fusion of different elements – like the incorporation of words – that interloped with social themes or commentary.

Basquiat once said:

“Since I was seventeen I thought I might be a star. I’d think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix… I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous.”

And that same romantic feeling about how his heroes…

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