Jay-Z Cops Basquiat Painting From Swizz Beatz


Hip-hop’s obsession with the artwork of Jean-Michael Basquiat is no secret. The famed painter who passed away at 27 often gets name-dropped by rap’s finest including the likes of Nas, Kanye West and Rick Ross. Now, Swizzy is putting Basquiat’s efforts on display for a great cause and has asked his high-rolling buddies to take pitch in.

Swizzy posted up a flick with him and long-time friend/ collaborator Jay-Z after Hov copped his Basquiat piece utilizing a Benz hood for a canvas. “Look who purchased my Basquiat on Benz Hood 2day,” the beatsmith wrote on Instagram. “what a honor and Blessing I’m so grateful for the support! July 4 its Showtime ART LIFE!!! I will use proceeds to continue helping kids in need.”

The hit-making duo has also been prepping another masterpiece: Jay’s forthcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail. “I didn’t do as much as I could of done, but sometimes less is more. [This album] just means that we’re all on the right track of forward thinking,” Swizz recently told VIBE. “To see him do it ‘I’m like OK he gets it.’ A lot of people don’t get it—they’re just so used to following the same train. So for Jay to take his power and create his own train—I think it was genius. That’s something I would love to do.”

MGHC hits the streets July 4.