Fly Art juxtaposes rap lyrics and fine art, and will make your next trip to the museum more interesting

Liberty Leading the People (1830), Eugène Delacroix / "Poetic Justice," Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake

The Dance (1856), William-Adolphe Bouguereau / "Happy," Pharrell Williams

But I’m down for the night: Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog (1818), Caspar David Friedrich /"Lost in the World," Kanye West feat. Bon Iver

The gods are drivin’ me wild: The Anger of Gods (1960), Rene Magritte / "Drivin’ Me Wild," Common ft. Lily Allen

King David dreams of Versace: King David Playing the Harp (1622), Gerard van Honthorst / "Versace," Migos ft. Drake, Meek Mill, Tyga, & Los

All the honeys who makin’ money, throw yo hands up at me: Elegant Couples in Interiors, Pio Ricci / "Independent Women," Destiny’s Child

The Son of Man (1946), Rene Magritte / "Strange Clouds," B.o.B. ft. Lil Wayne

The Joy of a Hell of a Life: The Joy of Life (1906), Henri Matisse / "Hell of a Life," Kanye West

Probably won’t make any money off this, oh well: Golconda (1953), Rene Magritte / "Haunted," Beyonce

I mean, I write poems in these songs dedicated to you: Sunflowers, Version Four (1888), Vincent van Gogh / "Poetic Justice," Kendrick Lamar ft. Drake

Swimmin’ all in your sea: The Wave (1896), William-Adolphe Bouguereau / "Wet The Bed," Chris Brown ft. Ludacris

Witches Going to Their Sabbath (1878), Luis Ricardo Falero / "Slow Jamz," Kanye West feat. Twista, Jamie Foxx

The Arnolfini Marriage (1434), Jan van Eyck / "End of Time," Beyoncé

Eve, don’t kill Adam’s vibe: Adam and Eve in Paradise (c. 1527), Mabuse / "Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe," Kendrick Lamar

The Weeping Woman (1937), Pablo Picasso / "Heartless," Kanye West

Romeo and Juliet are going all the way this time: The Last Kiss of Romeo and Juliet (1823), Francisco Hayez / "All of The Lights," Kanye West ft. Rihanna, Kid Cudi with vocals by Fergie, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Tony Williams, Alicia Keys, La Roux, The Dream, Ryan Leslie, Alvin Fields and Ken Lewis.


When Kanye Met Matisse: This Tumblr Mixes Hip-Hop Lyrics With Classic Art

Fly Art is a Tumblr that juxtaposes rap lyrics and fine art, and will make your next trip to the museum more interesting.

The creators of Fly Art describe their Tumblr as "a tribute to the finer things in life: art and hip-hop." As promised, viewers scrolling through the site will indeed simultaneously experience the grandeur of a masterful painting along with the compact sting of a Ludacris punchline.

Swimmin’ all in your sea: The Wave (1896), William-Adolphe Bouguereau / Wet the Bed, Chris Brown ft. Ludacris

Taking inspiration from juxtaposition blogs like Swoosh Art and Carter Family Portraits, Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano have been splashing lyrics from the likes of Biggie and Kanye across a series of paintings that range from Magritte to Van Gogh and far beyond. In some instances, the lyrics illuminate what we're seeing in the painting, as when The Creation of Adam section of Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling is accented with the Kanye line "I Am a God." Other times, the paintings seem as though they're there to bring out the deeper meaning in the lyrics, as when the Drake line "I'm just trying to find a reason not to go out every evening" is overlaid in front of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks.

By highlighting the hidden playfulness of art and depth in hip-hop, Fly Art provides the best of both worlds far more efficiently than Jay Z and R. Kelly promised on their collaboration of that name.

H/t to Flavorwire

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