The world of hip hop and fine art collide tonight as artist Justin BUA and DMC (of Run DMC) host a panel discussion to talk about BUA's new book, “The Legends of Hip Hop.” Taking place on Monday, December 12 at 7pm, the event is free to attend and all ages are welcome. After the discussion, DMC will even perform!
BUA painted fifty key figures, including everyone from Grandmaster Flash to Jay-Z, providing a portrait of each legend in a style reminiscent of the great masters. “This has never been done before. This is a comprehensive, visual, articulate representation of the legends of this culture..Historically, painters have always painted important people of their time, whether it was the popes, kings, [people of nobility], and that's what I'm doing now. These are the people who dictate culture whether it's the way we think, talk, act or vote. So this is really a compilation of those important people of the 21st century.”
Here are some preview images from the book which were sent to us by the artist.
Mix Master Mike
Mr. Wiggles (The Popper)
You can find more information about the show at LACMA's website.