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B4XVI Compare Rappers With Pre-16th C. Art

Comparing contemporary hip-hop stars with historic art from centuries past, New York-based art directors, Cecilia Azcarate and Ferdinando Verderi, continue to flood their Tumblr page, B4XVI, with humorous compositions. Describing their ongoing efforts as “highlighting an invisible conversation between hip-hop and art before the 16th century,” Kanye West is positioned alongside Renaissance paintings while Young Thug sits next to Inca-like sculptures. The two started the project after a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and realized the resemblance in dress sense throughout the centuries — from primordial gods to royalties and rap stars. Head to B4XVI for the full collection of images.

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