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The Abstract! Q-Tip Will Be at Bonhams New York Showcasing His Personal Art Collection

Q-Tip has always been known as “The Abstract” of his rap collective we all know and love as A Tribe Called Quest, and now he’s proving exactly why by curating a special art exhibition at legendary auction house Bonhams New York.



Kamaal has been collecting artwork from the likes of Nina Chanel Abney (seen above), Harmony Korine, William Villalongo and Fred Brathwaite, the latter who the Hip-Hop masses may know better as Fab 5 Freddy. Select pieces that will be featured in the show include modern works spanning from 2013 to 2018, one in particular being Richard Prince’s “Untitled” from 2015 that ATCQ used three years ago as the album cover for their final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

Here’s what Tip had to say to Bonhams exclusively about his upcoming art show:

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the most talented artists that have inspired me personally and professionally. This would not have been possible were it not for Bonhams’ generosity and commitment in sharing my collection to the public. My hope is that this exhibition will encourage visitors to learn something new, be inspired, and discover the brilliance of some of these incredible emerging artists.”

Q-Tip, The Abstract

The show will run for two weeks starting on September 20 and ending on October 4. Also, the exhibition is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, and to preview the pieces featured in ‘Q-Tip: The Collection,’ head over to Bonhams to learn more.

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All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Dome Homes” Demolished Due to Noise Complaints & Permit Violations

When news broke last month that Kanye West was building dome-like concept homes in his Calabasas neighborhood, the idea seemed pretty neat and innovative overall at the time. However, it now looks like the whole thing was ill-fated from the beginning and has since been demolished for the most part by the City of Los Angeles.



TMZ, who also broke the original story, now reports that noise complaints from neighbors and the “minor” fact that ‘Ye never got the proper permits to start building in the first place led to the downfall of his otherwise genius idea. As of now, only one tower is still standing, as seen above in the video report by CBS LA, and even that one will have to be torn down before the September 15 deadline put in place by the L.A. County Department of Public Works.

In addition to regulation violations, Kanye and crew were reportedly doing construction for more than 12 hours on Saturdays — it’s against the area’s 8AM – 5PM building policy — and even working on Sundays, which isn’t allowed at all. Hey, maybe the new Wyoming property he just bought will be the new home for his dome community.

Do you think Kanye West is getting unfair treatment for a plan that could change the community, or did he bring this on himself for not following the proper procedure? Let us know your thoughts over on Facebook and Twitter!

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Kanye West Is Now Making “Dome Homes” in Calabasas

Kanye West is always forward-thinking in his approach to things, whether it’s dealing with the future of fashion or less-than-wanted opinions about the future of American politics. However, his latest futuristic venture is actually pretty dope; Ye is now developing dome concept houses that he’s hoping will lead us into a more unified society.



TMZ gave a first look at the unique housing structures, which were designed to actually “break the barriers that separate classes” that we as a society created with upper, middle and lower class terminology. The units are currently being constructed in his Calabasas, California neighborhood, and are said to be inspired by Luke Skywalker’s childhood home on Tatooine from the classic Star Wars universe. Dimensions for the homes are measured out at 50 feet tall and sit on an estimated 300-acre land plot. Kanye even went the extra mile by assigning his team to research the history of housing to make sure this project is as cutting-edge as it looks. Hey…”Dome Homes” sound pretty dope to us!

We’ll keep you updated as more info on these dome concept houses by Kanye West come to further fruition. Let us know if you’d live in one of these by sounding off on our Facebook and Twitter!

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Tupac Toys! Check Out This Mini 2Pac Sculpture By Artist Rebecca Maria

This year marks 23 years since we lost Hip-Hop icon Tupac Shakur, but his memory is far from being forgotten. Whether it’s through items from his time in prison going to auction, particularly his I.D. card and love letter to Madonna, or clothing collabs featuring rare pics of the MC, everyone seems to want a piece of Pac. Now, artist Rebecca Maria is allowing you to own your own mini 2Pac figure with her latest work of Hip-Hop-influenced art.



The new “002 Sculpture” is the latest in her line of rap collectables, which has in the past included archival prints of Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Pimp C and others, in addition to another rap figurine in the form of Diplomatic Immunity-era Juelz Santana. The Pac sculpture is a rendition of his classic leather vest/baggy jeans/black bandana ‘fit from the January 1996 cover of The New York Times Magazine. It stands 8-inches tall and comes with action-packed accessories, including two Jesus pieces.

The “002 Scupture” of Tupac Shakur by Rebecca Maria can be purchased right now for $230 USD in her web store. Only 20 will be made, so cop now if your “California Love” is just as strong as your love for art.

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Recap: adidas Gives the Ultimate Look at Graffiti Culture With ‘Beyond the Streets NYC’ Exhibition in Brooklyn

Graffiti is one of those art forms that wins by breaking all the rules — there is no one style, no single medium and certainly not one sole artist that embodies the entire genre completely. Now, in a combined effort by adidas Originals and traveling art exhibition Beyond The Streets, a new art experiencing is opening up in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn that truly pays homage to over 150 artists that’ve cultivated graffiti into the respected platform that it’s become today.



The setup at 25 Kent Ave is, for lack of better words, huge — we’re talking 100,000 square feet, huge! The Source stopped by earlier this week to catch a preview of the space, which extends throughout the 5th and 6th floors of the waterfront view building. The art collections you come across while making a way through the gallery range from paintings and bigger-than-life-sized sculptures to custom installations that could even be considered grotesque. There’s also a fully-operating pop-up shop with refreshments provided by Perrier and merch by the many artists featured throughout. As an added incentive, a portion of proceeds from sales in the shop will go to the the Harold Hunter Foundation, who played an important role during his lifetime in molding the skateboarding culture that pretty much goes hand-in-hand with graffiti. Overall, you will not want to miss out on this engaging opportunity to experience the art world from a handful of gritty, unforgettable and absolutely stunning perspectives.

Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite artists from the adidas-curated ‘Beyond the Streets NYC’ exhibition, which will be taking over Brooklyn all summer long:

BEASTIE BOYS EXHIBIT

BILL BARMINSKI EXHIBIT

BEYOND THE STREETS ARTWORK

BUDDY ESQUIRE EXHIBIT

CHARLIE AHEARN EXHIBIT

CLEON PETERSON EXHIBIT

CRAIG STECYK EXHIBIT

CRAIG COSTELLO EXHIBIT

DABSMYLA EXHIBIT

FAB 5 FREDDY EXHIBIT

FUTURA EXHIBIT

GUERILLA GIRLS EXHIBIT

HUSKMITNAVN & CORNBREAD EXHIBIT

HUSKMITNAVN EXHIBIT

INVADER EXHIBIT

KATSU EXHIBIT

LADY AIKO EXHIBIT

MAYA HAYUK EXHIBIT

PAUL INSECT X BAST EXHIBIT

RIME EXHIBIT

KC ORTIZ EXHIBIT

SHEPARD FAIREY EXHIBIT

TAKASHI MURAKAMI EXHIBIT

The full ‘Beyond The Streets NYC’ exhibition will be on display to the public starting tomorrow (June 21) and will run until August. Purchase tickets right now online.



Images: Beyond the Streets

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It’s Official: JAY-Z Is Hip-Hop’s 1st Billionaire

Twelve years ago, JAY-Z projected that he would “see about a billion” in a guest verse on Freeway’s “Roc-A-Fella Billionaires.” At the time, the head of Def Jam Records was speculating on the maturation of his real estate portfolio and other assets. In 2019, Forbes reports that the net worth of Shawn Carter is “conservatively” at $1 billion. By this count, JAY-Z becomes the first Hip-Hop artist to reach this milestone, in a longstanding race that involved Dr. Dre and Puff Daddy. Forbes‘ Zack O’Malley Greenburg accounts that Jay has amassed $500 million in pre-tax earnings over the last decade. The estimate also mentions Rocawear’s $204 million sale to Iconix in 2007, and points to significant stakes in Tidal, D’Ussé cognac, and Armand de Brignac champagne. JAY-Z Celebrates Nipsey Hussle With A Freestyle About Self-Empowerment (Video) In particular, the report accounts for more than $300 million in the “Ace Of Spades” bubbly, $70 million in value from a 2013 investment in Uber, and $100 million from D’Ussé, which has grown nearly 80% annually. In addition to eight and nine-figure draws from Roc Nation and Tidal, respectively, the report estimates that Hov’s music catalog is worth $75 million. Jay famously negotiated to own almost all of his master recordings and publishing in a solo Rap recording career that dates back nearly 25 years. Moreover, Jay has an eye for value. The creator of 2013’s “Picasso Baby” has an art collection that Forbes estimates at $70 million. That art is valued $20 million more than the real estate of Jay (and wife Beyoncé), which has properties in Manhattan, Bel Air, and Long Island’s East Hampton. This climb comes from Forbes‘ early 2018’s estimate of Jay’s net worth at $900 million. At the time, that was $75 million above friend and collaborator, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs. Ever See JAY-Z, Busta Rhymes, Biz Markie & Jaz-O Freestyle On The Same Stage? (Video) In May of 2014, Dr. Dre (who has worked with JAY-Z) anointed himself “the first billionaire in Hip-Hop” following Apple’s acquisition of Beats. However, in 2015, Forbes’ Zack O’Malley Greenburg reported why that statement was not factual. Instead, they estimated Andre Young to be at approximately $700 million. Dre later expressed regret for the 2014 video, which singer/actor Tyrese posted online, igniting the news cycle. Two years ago this month, JAY-Z’s 4:44 admitted some of that investment ethos and admitted past money mismanagement. However, by this count, no one can knock the hustle of Shawn Carter.

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Happy 50th Birthday To Graffiti Legend COPE2!

One of the most infamous graffiti artists of the 20th century is celebrating his 50th born day today and he goes by the name of COPE2, founder of the world famous KINGS DESTROY crew.

Born Fernando Carlo on this date in 1968 in the Bronx, New York, COPE2 began his illustrious graff career in 1985, during the height of the crack era in the Kingsbridge section of his home borough. He picked up his throw up from graffiti bad guy CAP ONE MPC and the rest is history.

COPE’s work can now be found internationally in art galleries for tens of thousands of dollars, but with the game deeply embedded in his heart, you can still find some of his work somewhere in the Rotten Apple rockin’ on the walls.

Happy born day to COPE from the entire Mind Squad!

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SCOPE/Miami Art Basel To Exhibit ‘Young Thug As Paintings’

During Miami Art Basel, Young Thug is teaming up with Netherlands-based artist, Hajar Benjida for their SCOPE Miami Beach installation, “Young Thug As Paintings,” an iteration that Benjida originated on Instagram (@YoungThugAsPaintings).

Originally a school project, Benjida’s “Young Thug As Paintings” pays homage to the cultural capital of Thug, by juxtaposing him with some of history’s most revered works of art. Each combination offers a glimpse into Young Thug’s fluid sense of style and musicality. “I jokingly answered an interview question with “I hope to discuss renaissance paintings with Thug someday. 1.5 years later and I’m bringing my project to life together with Young Thug himself,” stated Benjida.

The exhibit will be available for viewing December 4th through December 9th at the 18th Annual SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair. SCOPE is one of the most important satellite art fairs that takes place during Miami Art Basel. The exhibit is sponsored by Young Stoner Life Records and 300 Entertainment.

Young Thug is one of the most profound artists of this generation and we’re going to continue to celebrate him in the most innovative ways.”

Hajar Benjida’s display of Thug’s influence through art disruption is incredible. This is also a celebration of Hajar’s talent and her appreciation of the culture,” says Rayna Bass, Head of Cultural Marketing at 300 Entertainment.

Thug’s exhibit comes shortly after the release of his latest EP, On the Rvn, which featured surprise appearances from Elton John, Jaden Smith, 6lack, and Offset.

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BANKSY Self-Shredding Painting Doubles In Value After Selling For $1.1 Million

The Banksy painting that self-destructed after being sold for $1.1 million has reportedly doubled in value after the controversial stunt.

A print of the iconic ‘Girl with Balloon’ painting went up for sale at Sotheby’s Auction House in London in Friday evening. Within moments of the record breaking bid being announced at around 9PM , an alarm was immediately triggered within the frame, before the painting was shredded into ribbons that hung from the bottom.

Despite going through the shredder, art experts believe that Banksy may have actually increased the value of the iconic work.

The 2006 painting, which shows s a girl reaching out to a red heart-shaped balloon, is widely viewed as one of Banksy’s most iconic images. It was initially valued at around $300,000 but eventually sold for $1.5M.

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