I just want a Picasso in my casa,

from Jay Z – Picasso Baby Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Acquiring an art piece created by the renowned Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso—hence the use of “casa,” the spanish word for house, in the verse) is something many strive to achieve.

The cost of a Picasso painting nowadays ranges anywhere from $20-$155 Million dollars. With his $500 Million dollar net worth, maybe it’s best for Jay to stick to his Basquiats.

Hova already showed some love for the Cubism master in Who Gon' Stop Me and Friend Or Foe. Next to Basquiat (see here), Picasso is probably the artist Jay-Z refers to the most.

The quote “Good artists copy, great artists steal” is frequently attributed to Pablo Picasso. This quote embodies the workflow of hip-hop in many ways, taking samples from great songs to create your own and building on the lyrics of other songwriters. Many of the tracks on MCHG began as works by other artists and producers. Grandmaster Caz said it best, “Hip-hop didn’t invent anything, hip-hop reinvented everything.”

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