Macklemore Raps About Being Inspired By Basquiat

The legendary graffiti artist had a huge impact on the rapper’s career. “The way he even held the paint brush, I strive for that as an artist, to be free.”

1. Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the great artists of the 20th century – he started off as an influential graffiti artist, but became established in the art world in the years before his untimely death at the age of 27 in 1988.

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2. His work is instantly recognizable. You’ve almost definitely seen it at some point.

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3. Christies Auction House has been releasing a series of documentary clips about Basquiat’s life, art, and lasting influence. Here’s the first part, about his early days.

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4. In this clip, his peers reflect on his process as an artist.

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5. And in this new clip, Macklemore explains how Basquiat changed his approach to art, and raps a verse about him from his song “Ten Thousand Hours.”

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6. Macklemore isn’t the only musician who has found inspiration in Basquiat’s art. Here’s a chart connecting Basquiat to his influences, and the artists he’s inspired.

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