Art metaphors and comparisons with great painters are not rare in hip hop - as you've seen from Beenzino's Dali, Van, Picasso; and as you can see now with Delaware hip hop duo The 49ers.
In "Picasso", rap is compared with the work of names such as Picasso, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock and Basquiat. After all, both music and painting are ways for self expression and require hard work; an iconic rap song is "amazing with the techniques just to say the least" and shows a "great use of expression on a hip hop beat".
This reference itself would already make "Picasso" a perfect fit for Music to Dali & Jay-Z Lovers; but it also has a super cool vibe, mixing a jazzy instrumental with hip hop and good rap. What else could we ask for?
What's also interesting about this track is that The 49ers address the paradox of how society sometimes fail to recognize and praise realness, but does it after authors are gone, using this same realness to commercialize art like a product: "It’s a damn shame they don’t see the writing on the wall while it existed / They missed it, critiqued it, wrote it off like it’s toxic / But now they want to box it / And ship it out with great rates, and duplicate / Don’t know if it’s original or fake, so wake up".
Since this is our last post before Christmas, I guess this song has a lot to say for our year-end reflections too. Don't forget to treat yourself, your work and your life as a "work of art, a masterpiece": build it, improve it, edit it, take it seriously, love it. Even if those around you won't. And, oh, don't be that person too: don't wait until something great is gone for you to appreciate it.
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About the curator: Ana Clara Ribeiro
Music, art and entertainment have always played a big role in the life of Ana Clara Ribeiro. She grew up in Gurupi (an inland city in Tocantins, the youngest State of Brazil), listening to all kinds of music, reading, writing, watching stuff and connecting them to her personal beliefs and other ideas she read about.
As she became a lawyer and a writer, all the topics to which she is constantly exposed continued to give her insights about life, people and the universe, through the lenses of art.
Nowadays, when she isn’t analyzing lawsuits or producing content about Law, Marketing, Business or Music, she is certainly doing something related to her various personal and professional projects, always to the sound of a playlist as eclectic as her life.