House like the Louvre or the Tate Modern
Cause I be going ape at the auction
Hova gets away from the MoMA and moves to something more European:
The Louvre is Paris' greatest and biggest museum, it contains masterpiece from various ages, you can find the classic works of Leonardo but also some Romanticism with Delacroix and Gericault.
The Tate Modern is based in London, it’s not the biggest art gallery in town but it has the biggest modern art collection in the city including a Rothko which was tagged/vandalised in 2012.
Hova compares his house to those museums due to the amount of art that hangs on its wall.
You can’t buy a Rothko at Target, valuable pieces of art are usually sold at auctions.
Going ‘ape’ means going crazy. So, Jay bought a lotta shit. But also, this is a racial commentary. Ape is a term used to criticize blacks. So, Jay pulled a total ‘nigga rich’ move by copping such an absurd amount of art. He showed up and did typical black guy shit, he knows it, and he’s laughing about it.
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