(Photos) DOPE! Nas Gets His Own Mural In His Hometown Of Queensbridge

Nas has repped Queensbridge since he got his start in the game, and his hood is showing him the love right back with a brand new mural. Yesterday, fellow QB native Havoc (of Mobb Deep) took to Instagram to share a picture of the mural, captioning it:

“#Queensbridge they just gave a long time friend from the hood a mural! He earned every last bit of that! @nas”

The artwork was a collaboration between 4 artists – Eli Eos (who curated the painting as well,) Jorit Agoch, Lawrence “Myse” Hosannah,and FCEE. It’s amazing! If you want to see the mural in person, it’s located on the corner of 40th Ave and 21st St. in Queens. If not, you can always just check out the pics below!


Streaming Service Spotify Gets Sued Over Notorious B.I.G Image

Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg is claiming copyright infringement over the use of her photo. She says that Spotify has committed copyright infringement by using her photograph of the late hip-hop star Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace and now she has officially filed her claim with the courts.


(Video): A$AP Ferg Shares His Passion For Art

On Fridays DJ Skee interviews celebrity guests, hosts live music performances and presents segments providing insider access into trends and trendsetters of tomorrow. This time, A$AP Ferg gets interviewed by DJ Skee where they hang out and talk about what A$AP Ferg is truly passionate about.


A Kanye West-Inspired Art Show Is Coming To NYC

Art has become nearly as synonymous with Kanye West’s brand as music has. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Ye has an art exhibit coming to Manhattan, inspired by his most recent album, The Life of Pablo. Though it’s not actually his event, the event is curated by Brianni Taylor, and dubbed as “a celebration of the polarizing figure—honoring his vision and cultural impact through West-themed art and music.”


First Week Sales For Yo Gotti’s “The Art Of Hustle” Are In

Yo Gotti has been running rampid on hip-hop these past few months and he continues his run with putting up numbers on the boards for his highest charting album yet. Hit the jump.


Pharrell Named 2015 Artist-In-Residence At New York University

Congratulations, Pharrell! The rapper, songwriter, producer, designer, Pharrell has been selected to be the 2015 artist-in-residence by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Pharrell will be giving students and faculty an inside look into this creative process through an in-depth discussion about his many ventures including music and fashion. Read more below.


(Photo) Drake Covers W Magazine “I Can’t Wait To Get Back Into Acting”

From one big project to the next including, magazine covers, interviews and a mixtape, Drake been one of the biggest names of 2015. Following his most recent magazine take over for THE FADER’s 100th issue Drake landed yet another major mag and is featured on the cover of W magazine. Drizzy’s cover is everything the magazine represents “high-fashion-meets-art”, and features the Toronto rapper, reimagined by several different artists in their signature style, for the project titled, “Views From the Five.” Each artist gives their interpretation of the rapper, with designs from KAWS, Jim Joe, Mike Flood and others. As interesting as the art is to see, what is even more interesting is what Drake revealed in his interview with W mag’s Lynn Hirschberg. Hit the jump for more.


Banksy Closes The Doors At Dismaland; Plans To Relocate To France

After quite a successful 5-week run that attracted over 4,000 people a day, Banksy has officially closed the doors on his Dismaland amusement park of sorts in the UK. The park was basically a display of Banksy’s crazy art with a few rides scattered in – a grim take on Walt Disney’s much more cheerful theme park, Disneyland. I’m so bitter that I wasn’t able to see this in person, but I got excited when I read they’ll be moving the exhibit to Calais, France. “Another chance,” I thought. But then I read on…and found that it won’t be open to the public. “Coming soon… Dismaland Calais,” a statement on their site reads. “All the timber and fixtures from Dismaland are being sent to the ‘jungle’ refugee camp near Calais to build shelters. No online tickets will be available.” So, there’s that. At least they will be helping those in need!


(Photos) Fan Gifts Kanye West Dope Painting Of His Mother With North

After returning from music mogul Steve Stoute’s wedding last night, Kanye West was greeted by a fan at the door of his NYC home…but this one didn’t immediately get turned away. The fan, a burgeoning artist by the name of Perspektiv (@_perspektiv_ on Instagram), had an amazing painting for Yeezy, featuring his late mother Donda and his daughter, North. According to Perspektiv’s page, Ye (who was smiling when photographed walking away with the painting,) called his art “sick” and “dope.” That it definitely is! A quick scroll of his page shows that he recently was able to gift Rihanna with a painting as well, and she later hung it up in her NYC home and posted it on Snapchat. This guy is doing his thing out here!


“Muslim-Free” Gun Shop Owner & George Zimmerman Link Up For Confederate Flag Art

All throughout his trial, in the death of Trayvon Martin, former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman claimed that his actions against the teen had nothing to do with race. However, his recent step in life shows that he is a look at race first and shoot second type of guy. Zimmerman links up with Andy Hallinan, a Florida gun shop owner who has deemed his establishment a “Muslim-free zone,” to sell Confederate flag art. Now, it’s no secret that the Confederate flag has been banned in many areas, following the Charleston church shooting – that hasn’t stopped Zimmerman. Find out more down bottom.


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