raison d’être

Picasso, Baby! is a network graph that visualises the connections between rappers and the modern & contemporary painters they name drop in their rhymes.

Spanning 1979 – 2014 the graph gives a glimpse of the historical relationship that rappers have to the artistic mastery of Pablo Picasso,Jay-Z as market maker, the perceived archetypal divisiveness of Yoko Ono, and the recent increasing popularity of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Available as a gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using archival inks.

Order a limited edition poster here.

Explore the interactive version here (best viewed in Google Chrome).

All data is collected from The Hip Hop Word Count. Edited at the the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Designed using Gephi. Formatted for the web using Sigma.js from Oxford Internet Institute and JISC.