Painting vivid pictures, call me Basquiat Picasso

from A$AP Rocky – Phoenix Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

An interesting play on words, as Basquiat (Graffiti artist hailing from New York) and Picasso (a Spanish painter who started cubism) are well known artists who paint “vivid” paintings or pieces of abstract art. In comparison, Rocky likens his own abstract imagery (which is notably crafted from seemingly simple ideas) to the works of these two greats.

Basquiat “Untitled”

Picasso “Guernica”

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