Rappers in 2013 aren't ashamed to show their affinity for visual art (even when comparing themselves to the greats...like Jay-Z to Picasso and Swizz Beatz to Basquiat), and Drake is among them. Earlier this year, Drake shared an Instagram of a Banksy work being unwrapped, although he did not confirm whether or not it was a piece he had purchased.
Last night, he Instagrammed a portrait of himself with the caption "Mr. Brainwash," which wouldn't be the first time the street artist has sold art to a well-known hip-hop artist. Rick Ross has added pieces from Brainwash to his collection as recently as last December, right after he was spotted at Art Basel Miami Beach buying a Richard Mosse photograph.
The image is based on the photograph used for Drake's Comeback Season mixtape (below). Will Drake be openly incorporating well-known visual artists into the release of Nothing Was the Same? Will he pull a Jay-Z and try out a new medium entirely? It remains to be seen, but he did share this sign by UK artist Mark Titchner in Toronto that reads "Tomorrow Should Be Ours" five days ago. Drake's on his art wave in 2013, and we wouldn't be surprised if his Instagrams start to show it even more leading up to the September album release.