Thought this song was sadly fitting……
He started by selling little postcards and drawings to his friends and as his art progressed it began showing a lot of resembelences to his heritage (he grew up in Haiti just like Wyclef!!) but also his black heritage having themes about slavery, Egypt , the Nile river, Nubian masks and the Atlantic Slave Trade. He basically wanted to express how unfair it was tha society was controlled primarily by white people. He wanted to portray how complacent Black ppl have become despite the corrupt regines of white police and general institutions. Although its hard to get that from his paintings, this is another reason why he was a big fucking deal. My friend Carol isn’t really into his style and I’m not sure I am either but his shit s still super important and revolutionary. Something tells me Jay-Z would be super into this dude.
Around 1984, many of Basquiat’s friends had become quite concerned about his excessive drug (heroin) use, often finding him unkempt and in a state of paranoia. Basquiat’s paranoia was also fueled by the very real threat of people stealing work from his apartment and of art dealers taking unfinished work from his studio since he had recently come into some major money. He usually hung out at the Mudd Club which was the place to be seen and heard at the time (Think the Limelight of the dirty early 80s grunge scene ), CBGBs and Max;s Kansas City. He then started painting expensive armani suits and was sometimes seen wearing them.
oh, also.. if anyone wants to leave a comment about anything at all it would make me super happy and excited.. that is all. 🙂
OH AND i’d be a horrible teacher if I didn’t mention like the other 50 million street artists in the city who revolutionalized bombing too. so if you feel like being a good pupil don’t forget about this: READ ME