Rap It Up! (Looking at Lyrics)


After I’d witnessed its slapdash beginnings during the early 1970s in and on the subway cars of New York City, I was interested in graffiti and the hip hop culture again but only briefly: in 2010 when I frequented the graffiti mecca 5 Pointz, mining the material; then later, when I built most of the art.


Although I’d been dismissive of rap, words and pictures interwoven as one piece have always interested me. But I had no desire to document it. My art is offered only as a personal impression. There is little or nothing about rap that I think of as enduring. I care little about what a passionate player might say about who I chose to include or ignore. However, it has inspired me, as I am now applying the technic to lyrics of lyricists from any number of genres including the Bible.

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