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Street to Studio: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Presented by JPMorganChase.
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"Since I was seventeen, I thought I might be a star. I'd think about all my heroes: Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix... I had a romantic feeling of how people had become famous." — Jean-Michel Basquiat

Tell us about other visual artists you know of whose work has been influenced by music.
How have hip-hop music and culture grown over the last twenty years?
How have they been challenged?
What are the new forms of art within hip-hop?

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P.O.B. from London, UK, on the Web
Maaaaan!
I can't believe this.... Here I am, lost in my own ignorance, and just by mistake, I find this interesting page about Basquiat= somebody I never heard of.... Well I'm not gonna extend on whatever I felt, the influences he may have gone through, what does he mean, if I know his little cousin on the 2nd degree...
I just wanted to say: Do you have to ruin for me this first experience?
Wini, what the hell? What do you mean, "this music is still relevant today"? Do you really think that any music, any music at all can become irrelevant? Are you part of these snobs who are gonna tell me that Ornette Coleman was a genius and that John Zorn is just making noise? Any music that we listen to today, and that stemmed from the same sociological background as bebop is an evolution of the genre, in its theory, but more importantly in its ideals... It seems obvious to me that separating hip-hop from bebop is like separating bread from dough - you make one from the other... If somebody listens to 50Cent - and I'm definitely not a fan - eventually listens to Coltrane...
Heavy!
But whatever, man... Big up to Basquiat, he probably did reach "it"!!!
FELICIA from HOUSTON,TEXAS, on the Web
I AM VERY NEW AT THE ART SCENE. I THINK THAT HIS CHILD LIKE WAY OF HIS ART GIVES A NEW COMER MORE INSIGHT AS WELL AS GIVING YOU A REASON TO CONTINUE LOOKING OR WANTING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ART AND THE ARTIST.
John from Houston, TX, USA, on the Web
Art is expression. Expression is art. It doesn't matter if it isn't the Sistine Chapel's ceiling or even the Statue of Liberty. On top of that, while I am not a bebop guy, I certainly get tired of people always blaming hip-hop for America's failures among my own African-Americans. People make things bad for society, not music. You can't assume that just because I'm young and black doesn't mean that I'm likely to listen to hardcore gangster music and either (1) kill someone, (2) commit felonies and high-degree crimes, or anything like that. Basquiat was a hell of a man who could have been around much longer so we can appreciate his work personally.