Famous Paintings Overlain with Hip Hop Lyrics Are Remarkably Cohesive

James McNeill Whistler, Whistler’s Mother (1871) / S&M, Rihanna

James McNeill Whistler, Whistler’s Mother (1871) / S&M, Rihanna

Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci (c.1503) / Super Bass, Nicki Minaj

Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci (c.1503) / Super Bass, Nicki Minaj

Nighthawks, Edward Hopper (1942) / Girls Love Beyonce, Drake

Nighthawks, Edward Hopper (1942) / Girls Love Beyonce, Drake

Hell (1450), Dirk Bouts / Drop It Like It’s Hot, Snoop Dogg feat. Pharell Williams

Hell (1450), Dirk Bouts / Drop It Like It’s Hot, Snoop Dogg feat. Pharell Williams

Fly Art is a Tumblr account created by students and artists Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano. Since December 2013, the duo have been collaborating on mashups of hip hop lyrics and classic artworks, blending two seemingly disparate cultural artifacts into a surprising and often humorous cohesion. Velasco and Pontenciano pair Nicki Minaj with Mona Lisa, Rihanna with Whistler’s Mother, and Outkast with Matisse. The large text overlaying the classic art is a bit jarring at first, but creates an interesting effect, recontextualizing both the lyrics and the images, each informing a new reading of the other. The project’s Tumblr states that it is “paying homage to the good things in life: fine art and fresh hip hop.” (via artnet)

The Family of Henry VIII (c. 1572), Lucas de Heere / Big Poppa, The Notorious B.I.G.

The Family of Henry VIII (c. 1572), Lucas de Heere / Big Poppa, The Notorious B.I.G.

La Coiffure (1901), Henri Matisse / Rocket, Beyonce

La Coiffure (1901), Henri Matisse / Rocket, Beyonce

The Dance (1910), Henri Matisse / Hey Ya, Outkast

The Dance (1910), Henri Matisse / Hey Ya, Outkast

Portrait of Pope Pius V (c. 1605), El Greco / Drunk In Love (Remix), Beyonce ft. Jay-Z & Kanye West

Portrait of Pope Pius V (c. 1605), El Greco / Drunk In Love (Remix), Beyonce ft. Jay-Z & Kanye West

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881) / Super Rich Kids, Frank Ocean

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881) / Super Rich Kids, Frank Ocean

Palay Maiden (1920), Fernando Amorsolo / Grown Woman, Beyoncé

Palay Maiden (1920), Fernando Amorsolo / Grown Woman, Beyoncé

Self-portrait with death playing the fiddle (1872), Arnold Böcklin / Life Goes On, 2Pac

Self-portrait with death playing the fiddle (1872), Arnold Böcklin / Life Goes On, 2Pac

Three Tahitians (1899), Paul Gauguin / The Boy Is Mine, Brandy & Monica

Three Tahitians (1899), Paul Gauguin / The Boy Is Mine, Brandy & Monica

Grande Odalisque, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1814) / Doo Wop, Lauryn Hill

Grande Odalisque, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1814) / Doo Wop, Lauryn Hill

The Ascension (1775), John Singleton Copley / Touch The Sky, Kanye West ft. Lupe Fiasco

The Ascension (1775), John Singleton Copley / Touch The Sky, Kanye West ft. Lupe Fiasco

A Few Small Nips (Passionately In Love) (1935), Frida Kahlo / Crazy In Love, Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z

A Few Small Nips (Passionately In Love) (1935), Frida Kahlo / Crazy In Love, Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z

Three women (1921), Fernand Leger / Backseat Freestyle, Kendrick Lamar

Three women (1921), Fernand Leger / Backseat Freestyle, Kendrick Lamar

The Persistence of Memory (1931), Salvador Dali / Ms. Jackson, Outkast

The Persistence of Memory (1931), Salvador Dali / Ms. Jackson, Outkast

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

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

Self-portrait with bandaged ear (1889), Vincent van Gogh / Sing For Me, I’m Dying of Thirst, Kendrick Lamar

Self-portrait with bandaged ear (1889), Vincent van Gogh / Sing For Me, I’m Dying of Thirst, Kendrick Lamar

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