Complex Magazine has an article on Jay-Z that I thought was a great presentation on Shawn Carter’s affinity for and relationship with art. In the presentation they point out a range of references to art and artists in his lyrics, you’ll find videos where he talks about his art collection, photos from art exhibits and shows that he has attended with Beyonce, and footage from music videos and concerts that have featured artwork by prominent artists. After processing all of this information presented by Complex Magazine you can’t help but believe that Jay-Z has a love for art or at a least a sincere admiration of artists and the art that they create.
The only thing I was a little disappointed about is that, outside of Basquiat, he didn’t really mention or showcase any African-American artists. I don’t want to completely condemn the brother though without truly knowing what works of art are in his personal collection. View the presentation for yourself by visiting the link below and let me know what you think!