RIP Biggie

Painting I made for myself, hanging in my art space
My favorite rapper of all time. I have a lot of rappers I like that I consider my favorites but honestly when I think about Biggie, his music just never gets old to me, it's something I can't shake. I'll listen and can feel a vibe of how life was back then, how people were living, the state of hip hop around that time...He's one of those people who is timeless. His work will transcend generations and live on forever. another reason why I think I have so much love for him is probably because he had a West Indian background, his mother is Jamaican, and a lot of his music has that vibe to it, he'll spit some Jamaican slang, so it's a little bit more personal for me. He can represent how anyone from anywhere can become someone. I believe that a lot of his talent, skill came from that background - toasting, freestyling on the mic.
He's one person who I've done lots of paintings of, he's captivating to me. One in the shop here.

A Conversation Piece

JR, who was visiting from North Carolina and his friend from Seattle came to the table. They said they had just gotten to the market, were just looking around. They were checking out the table and commenting on different pieces. We got into a little conversation about art, movies. Out of all the pieces he saw, he kept coming back the ODB one but he said he wanted something he could have in his office.

"Not a very HR-friendly piece" he laughed.

They were just going to look around and they might be back. Hours later, hours, they were back. He said they had a conversation between the two of them and his friend advised him that he should get one of the pieces that said Seattle on it - to commemorate the trip. It would be a connection to Seattle, a good conversation piece. So it was decided....he wanted ODB.

He got it and we all had a big laugh. It ended up being a good conversation piece too because it was only the second time I've sprayed it and I kept the first one for myself!

Thanks for the support JR.

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