April 5, 2019

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Celeste Hylton-James

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RapCaviar’s “Pantheon” at the Brooklyn Museum

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https://youtu.be/fUD2leAzn2o Listening to “Let’s Talk about Myths Baby” reminded me why I love ancient Greek drama. The epic beef between gods and mortals, long-winded comebacks, and ancient protagonists themselves were anything short from modest. So modest that the ancient Greeks and Romans sculpted depictions of figures over a hundred feet …

Listening to “Let’s Talk about Myths Baby” reminded me why I love ancient Greek drama. The epic beef between gods and mortals, long-winded comebacks, and ancient protagonists themselves were anything short from modest. So modest that the ancient Greeks and Romans sculpted depictions of figures over a hundred feet tall. For them, this was expected, to us, it became an enduring standard that lasted centuries later. The manner in which we celebrate musicians has become eerily similar. Like Greek poems, hip-hop touches today’s souls, leaving imprints on the community with stories. Stories to teach, stories to share, and a mirror into today’s minds.

Why not do what Romans do and embrace our legends?

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Two years ago, RapCaviar of Spotify imagined a select few of musicians as Greco-roman heroes that embodied hip-hop of 2017 in “Pantheon.” Earlier this week, “Pantheon” returned as they announced this year’s artists, now on display at the Brooklyn Museum. Until April 7th, viewers can admire some of today’s hottest artists: Cardi B, Jaden Smith, Juice WRLD, and Gunna, looking smooth, sleek and righteous. The four selected honorees were highlighted based on their impact on expanding the hip-hop community.

“Through Pantheon, Spotify equates the art form of rap to the origins of art and civilization. Much like the ancient Greeks, rap has a pantheon of icons, names that are forever etched in culture, and songs that no one will ever forget. This year’s honorees will forever be a part of hip-hop’s cultural fabric. “
-Spotify, [source]

More on RapCaviar’s sculptures can be found on Spotify.

 

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