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A$AP Rocky Name-Checks Artists

Rocky in Paris. (Guillaume Baptiste/AFP/Getty Images)

Rocky in Paris. (Guillaume Baptiste/AFP/Getty Images)

Is there any greater pleasure than when art spills over into more mainstream culture? Think of Picasso popping up in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011) or in a Beastie Boys song (“I use the microphone like Picasso used clay” in “Alive”), or a prized van Gogh making an appearance at a charity auction on ABC’s Revenge. Now there’s another occurrence to add to that list. New York-born rapper A$AP Rocky talks art on “Phoenix,” one of the highlights of his excellent new album, LongLiveASAP (2013). The choice lines from the song:

“Who am I, Lord Flacko
Painting vivid pictures, call me Basquiat Picasso
Capo Head Hancho, now my following’s colossal”

Judging by the lines for the opening of Gagosian’s Basquiat exhibition last night, the late artist’s following is also colossal. The queue stretched about halfway down West 24th Street!

Take a listen to “Phoenix” below.

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