Some Odalisques Are Only About That Thing: Amazing Tumblr Juxtaposes Hip Hop Lyrics and Classic Artworks


In the grand Tumblr tradition of mashing up seemingly unrelated art forms (see also: the eternally relevant Slaughterhouse 90210) — and perhaps in tribute to the increasing overlap between the worlds of hip hop and high art — comes a delightful project called Fly Art. Billed as “an homage to the finer things in life: art and hip hop,” Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano’s Tumblr superimposes lyrics from the likes of Kanye West and Lauryn Hill on complementary artworks by Renaissance and Modernist masters alike. Click through to see some of our favorite juxtapositions from Fly Art, which we spotted via Beautiful/Decay.

Kiyomitsu II, Torii Kiyomine / Work It, Missy Elliott. Image credit: Fly Art

Wanderer above the sea of fog (1818), Caspar David Friedrich / Lost in the World, Kanye West feat. Bon Iver. Image credit: Fly Art

Adam and Eve in paradise (c. 1527), Mabuse / Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe, Kendrick Lamar. Image credit: Fly Art

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

Golconda (1953), Rene Magritte / Haunted, Beyonce. Image credit: Fly Art

The Persistence of Memory (1931), Salvador Dali / Ms. Jackson, Outkast. Image credit: Fly Art

Les amants (1928), Rene Magritte / Voodoo, Frank Ocean. Image credit: Fly Art

Grande Odalisque, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1814) / Doo Wop, Lauryn Hill. Image credit: Fly Art

Antoine-François Callet, King Louis XVI (1754-1793) / C.R.E.A.M., Wu-Tang Clan. Image credit: Fly Art