Jay-Z’s interest in contemporary art is, at this point, pretty well documented. He’s said that he owns work by Richard Prince, Damien Hirst and others, and as my colleague Michael H. Miller pointed out last year, he’s rapped about artists quite frequently.
Jay-Z latest art reference comes on “3 Songs,” a song on Rick Ross’s new album, God Forgives, I Don’t Don’t, which was release on July 31. Here’s the relevant passage, uncensored, via Rap Genius:
“Niggas couldn’t walk in my daughter’s socks
Banksy, bitches, Basquiat
I ran through that buck fifty Live Nation fronted me
They workin’ on another deal, they talkin’ two hundred fifty
I’m holdin’ out for three
Two seventy-five and I just might agree”
If he manages to hold out for a $300 million deal from Live Nation, he would be able to purchase many prime Basquiats, even after paying taxes and various legal, accounting and managerial fees. The current auction record for a work by the artist is $20.1 million, according to Artnet’s price database.
Here’s hoping he buys no more Banksys.
Below, a bootleg YouTube video with the song. It’s pretty good.