The 20 Best Rapper Art Moments of 2012

16. A$AP Rocky Talks Basquiat, Warhol, & Van Gogh On BBC Radio 1

Date: June 14

A$AP Rocky is known for being outspoken about his preferences in art and fashion, and arguably, his cultural well-roundedness and taste helped catapult him into the mainstream in 2012. During an interview with Benji B on BBC Radio 1 last June, Rocky said, "Not to be so clichĂ©, but when it comes to art, I don't have your standard, politically correct kind of a mindstate...I'm a collector. I started collecting about a year and a half ago. Of course, everybody's inspired by Basquiat. Why shouldn't you be? He's an inspirational dude. Him, Warhol, the greatest, Van Gogh...I like modern art, I like old art. I use music as my art; it helps me articulate my emotions, my past, my future, my present."

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