Yellow Basquiat in my kitchen corner

from Jay Z – Picasso Baby Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Basquiat is a painter born in Brooklyn, he used to be a graffiti writer under the name of SAMO (Same Old Shit). He was one of the first black painters to hit the mainstream art scene in New York during the second half of the XX century.

The painting Hova refers to is probably Charles The First, who inspired his song Most Kingz.

It’s a stretch, but Jay might be playing on the words “yellow” and “blue”: mix those colours together, and you get green, the colour of jealousy. And who wouldn’t be jealous of a 1% toddler who gets to grow up in an art museum?!

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