For a period of time I’ve been referring to the music I make as Art Rap, though lately I’ve been doing it a lot less.
I always thought I was being original with the thought since I was using artistic expression as a metaphor for life and all of its struggles. But I was wrong.
Open Mike Eagle, contemporary of Hip Hop artists like Busdriver and Nocando, dropped an interesting (and hilarious) skit called “WTF is Art Rap” back in 2010 (before I was deep in the rap). My favorite line from it has to be “I’m bout to aggressively point out my favorite elements of a Van Gogh painting”. Good shit.
And for those who were wondering:
Art rap “is the continuation of the lofty concepts embodied by Jean-Michel Basquiat, K-Rob and Rammellzee (RIP) back in ’83 — hip-hop as high art. After all, TV on the Radio makes art-rock, and No Age can make art-punk.”