Cause I make major art
Like Beethoven, Van Gogh, or Mozart so don’t start
Around these parts we reign supreme

from Big Boi (Ft. Kelly Rowland) – Mama Told Me Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He is an artist.
Key syllable: art

Hank Shocklee says it best in Tricia Rose’s book, “Black Noise”:

Music is nothing but organized noise. You can take anything — street sounds, us talking, whatever you want — and make it music by organizing it. That’s still our philosophy, to show people that this thing you call music is a lot broader than you think it is.

Big Boi’s “organized noise” (music) is not Mozart’s Symphony #40 or Beethoven’s Symphony #9 (obviously because they take an entirely different musical route), but the lyrics collaborated with the beats on which he raps are masterpieces… just like the artists notably known for their classical music.

He notes Van Gogh, as well. A picture is worth 1,000 notes; this masterpiece is probably worth a whole lot more.

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