The Complete Guide To Jean-Michel Basquiat References In Hip-Hop

SAMO Tag, 1976-1979

Before making a name for himself as a painter, Basquiat took to the streets, tagging areas in downtown New York under the name "SAMO". Like Basquiat's later work, the Samo tags often featured political and anti-establishment messages, a similar spirit to that found in hip-hop lyrics. Modern graffiti writers still cite SAMO's influence on their own styles.

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