Then and Now: 'Fly Art' Mashes Up Hip Hop and Art


Hip hop and classic art might be on opposite sides of the spectrum, but it turns out that these two make for a pretty awesome collaboration!

“The Familiar Objects” (1928), Rene Magritte / “The Real Slim Shady,” Eminem. Photo and caption via Fly Art Productions

I don’t know about you, but I have this mental image of how hip hop and classic art would be if they were people interacting with one another: one, decked out in a formal suit, would be raising his eyebrows and frowning upon the behavior of the other who’s, well, a little bit vulgar in the way he talks and dresses himself. They’d probably be sneering at each other, too. Since they’re such opposing ideas (although I’m sure some people out there appreciate both equally), the thought of the two being combined to create something cool seems a bit unimaginable.

But then again, some things you really have to see to believe. Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano are the minds behind *Fly Art*, which is “the marriage of two of the finer things in life: hip hop and art.” It’s pretty amazing how they were able to pair up hip hop verses by contemporary hip hop artists like Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, and Notorious B.I.G. with the appropriate paintings by renowned artists like Rene Magritte, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso, to name a few.

From top: “Three Tahitians” (1899), Paul Gauguin / “The Boy Is Mine,” Brandy & Monica; “Sunflowers, version four” (1888), Vincent van Gogh / “Poetic Justice,” Kendrick Lamar ft. Drake; “Elegant couples in interiors,” Pio Ricci / “Independent Women,” Destiny’s Child; “The Weeping Woman” (1937), Pablo Picasso / “Heartless,” Kanye West; “Dancers practicing at the barre” (1877), Edgar Degas / “Fergalicious,” Fergie feat.; “The progress of love,” Jean Honore-Fragonard / A Woman’s Worth, Alicia Keys; “The Persistence of Memory” (1931), Salvador Dali / “Ms. Jackson,” Outkast. Photos and captions via Fly Art Productions

Whether you’re a fan of hip hop, art, or both, Fly Art is probably one of the most entertaining things you’ll see all day.

All information in this article were sourced from Fly Art Productions via Complex and Huffington Post.

written by chooolss on 2014-06-26 #art #lifestyle #hip-hop #then-and-now #classic-art #fly-art-productions #fly-art

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