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“"He broke down haikus of wit and derision, painted on the walls of Soho, into single words and phrases. As he syncopated words, with passages of color sometimes borrowed from Abstract Expressionism and sometimes not, the texts themselves fell into rhyming discordancies, not unlike the rise of rap. Words became, as he explained, ‘brushstrokes,’ reprised ad libitum.” —Robert Farris Thompson on Jean-Michel Basquiat.

#JeanMichelBasquiat born today, December 22 in 1960 in New York City.
Image: Installation view, Jean-Michel Basquiat, 2013, © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.“ by @gagosiangallery on Instagram


There’s a serious spike in cool music themed tumblrs at the moment. It seems like every other day we’re stumbling across a new gem.

The latest discovery comes courtesy of digital artist Ads Libitum and his MusiXploitation series (we think Wax-ploitation is a better name #justsayin).

The project takes classic track and album titles from the likes of Kanye, Jay Z, Lana Del Rey, Kendrick Lamar & Amy Winehouse, Ads Libitum then flips them into blaxploitation inspired movie posters and the results are dynamite!

We’ve included a bunch of our personal faves below but head over to his site for the full collection which is being added to on the regular.