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Hip-Hop's CEO? by AlecLinton Hip-Hop's CEO? by AlecLinton
Made this in response to an HP ad where Jay Z claimed he was hip-hop's CEO.

Jay embodies none of the four elements.

if i may quote the MC One Be Lo, "Big cars, clothes, and chains, that aint hip-hop."

16x24/ oil, acryilic, block ink, stencil, and collage on canvas.
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:iconbushido-maa:
Bushido-MAA Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice painting; glad I saw this.
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:iconraffael-7:
Raffael-7 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
How true its all about oldschool Bro.
Keep it up.
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ontwerpje Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Who got the props? :matrixfight:
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unitedwourlent Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Artist
unitedwourlent.deviantart.com/#/d57kuef
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:iconaleclinton:
AlecLinton Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I cant believe I'm still getting comments on this piece... 5 years later! Wow, thanks guys.
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:iconunitedwourlent:
unitedwourlent Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Artist
its really dope bro, do you mind if i use it for a mixtape?
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:iconarodmp:
arodmp Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
nice work
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:iconmadwookie:
MadWookie Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
you did a hell of a job on this dude
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:iconkennseden:
kennseden Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
jay z is gayer than kanye
...almost at least
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:iconschmidtypics:
schmidtypics Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student General Artist
love the attitude!this is raw stuff!
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:icondimazrisenart:
dimazrisenART Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I like your art .. nice nice nice: D
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:iconthestefan:
thestefan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
i like jay,but ur point makes perfect sense in everyway.and the pic is freaken awesome.
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:icondannyska:
dannyska Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Student General Artist
sweet piece
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:icondannyska:
dannyska Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Student General Artist
sweet piece
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:iconmcsini:
mcSini Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Unreasonable Doubt. How ironic I was listening to that when I saw this haha
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adelaidegladney Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Photographer
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this is fantastic
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:iconmrsheloner:
Mrsheloner Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Nice
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:iconpagipopo:
pagipopo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Very strong piece here. Love that you quoted OneBeLo. Great emcee.
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:iconduprel-antwone:
Duprel-Antwone Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Interesting piece..Keep doing your thing. [link]
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:iconduprel-antwone:
Duprel-Antwone Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Very Interesting.... www.megaspect.blogspot.com
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lorddrake Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Awsome.
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DirtyDre Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
tres ill
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:iconsoftcore-dwarf:
softcore-dwarf Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
hello there may I use this picture in the background of a film I am currently making?
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:iconthegreymirror:
thegreymirror Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
nice paintin. true quote. fuck jay z.
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:iconfleps:
fleps Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
nice shot. ;)
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:iconhaleyyellow:
haleyyellow Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
very true! and very well done!
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:iconmindfornication:
mindfornication Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Love it.
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:iconmacy-moo:
macy-moo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
amazing. I agree, he is definatly not the CEO of hiphop.
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Bigcurl254 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
I am a big Jay-Z fan (I know you don't care) and this piece is fantastic. I love what it is saying and how it says it. It says alot about the state of Hip Hop. Well Done.
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AlecLinton Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
i really don't give a fuck who likes jay z, who doesn't like jay z, or whatever. Its my art, and my opinion. Once again, opinon. For all of those who've shown love, much thanks. But for those of you trying to say you'll teach me what hip hop is, shut the fuck up. Music and art have a lot to do with opinion, i don't think jay z embodies what hip hop was or should be now, that's my opinion. If you disagree, great, you too are entiteld to your opinion, so go make your own piece of award winning art to manifest that opinion instead of trying to talk shit about my painting. and once again, for all of you showing love, thanks alot.
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PeteyGreene Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009   Writer
I forgot about this one.

I wanna set it straight, I'm not talkin shit about your work. I jus assumed that since you didn't turn the comments off on this deviation that you were interested in hearing people's opinions.

Without attacking your right to your own opinion, I'd like to know, from one hip hop stan to another, just what exactly you think hip hop is supposed ti be and why jay-z in particular is so detrimental to it. Is it just the fact that he's famous or is there something else?
To me he's not as good a rapper as 3 stacks, and as good as reasonable doubt was, Illmatic was better but he's way above all the lil waynes and gucci manes out there.
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KiHunter Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
He's only got love for the Rap industry, not the Hip Hop culture.
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AlecLinton Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
i painted this when i was 16, i've actually grown to really like some of jays stuff over the last year or so (not his stuff released in the last year, his general stuff), i mean ill always be a die hard nas fan, but your right, he's making alot better music than most of the stuff out there on the radio. i have no problem with his fame, in fact i love when artisits i like get the lime light they deserve. i know alot of underground heads who hate it when thier favorite artists get attention, but when you think about it thats kinda fucked up. if you love a particular artist, you should be down with other people getting to know and love them too. so it really has nothing to do with fame. i guess it just upset me that j was moving in what i feel was the wrong direction a few years back, but the blueprint three made me second guess that. jay z was one of the first artists i listened to when i first got into hiphop, then i gradually got on some conscience upper level shit, but i mean grownin since i was 16 alot of views change and shit, and i'm still not down with jay hova bein seen as hiphops CEO but you do have some valid words yourself.


one.
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PeteyGreene Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009   Writer
I think only mainstream hip hop heads ever considered Jay z as the CEO.

I used to get caught up in that Nas vs Jay-Z thing but the fact is, both have made good music and both have done shit to make me shake my head. Like the Blueprint 3, highly disappointing album.

And as far as Nas, he can make good music but the gimmicks are gettin pretty old. I almost didn't cop the untitled album after I heard about the title dispute thing. He tried to play it up like it was all about expression and black freedom thing and all that, but I saw through it. It was the same thing as that "hip hop is dead" thing. He knew he didn't want lil suburban kids walkin around "what up, yo did you hear that new Nigger album?!!!??! That nigga Nas is the shit, yo!" lol

Like I said both are good artists, but far from the best. Their just well known. You wanna hear some real hip hop listen to MF Doom, Madlib, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, People Under The Stairs, Mos Def, Goodie Mob or Outkast. Hell listen to Eminem's very 1st album he released before he got signed. Listen to ATLiens (Outkasts' best album is one of their most obscure)if you want some true hip hop.
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PeteyGreene Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008   Writer
This isn't bad as far as artwork goes, but I can't agree with you about Hova. People like him offer hope to young minorities living in a racially biased society. For a lot of us its either rap, play basketball, sell drugs, or die before age 30.
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KiHunter Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
No, the only song in which he really tried to show respect to the people he used to be with, was on Hard Knock Life, and I still get sick listening to his 1st line. He only speaks about himself and he's way to scared to leave money alone and make some real Hip Hop. He talked about NY recently, without even mentioning where he himself came from, only the bright lights...
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wh0iswh0 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
or do graffiti
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CrooklynScriptures Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
...the word usage on

"Jay embodies none of the four elements.

if i may quote the MC One Be Lo, "Big cars, clothes, and chains, that aint hip-hop."

is awesome ...simply awesome...but i really cant agree on "NONE" ... he is the emcee xD
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yummcr Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008
man this is intense.

I love the texture in all the red. it adds a lot to it. and the concept is great. I love that quote
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OK23 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
that sickkkkkkkkkkkk kkkk k man i love'em
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Dash37 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
Great piece of art but...wow no respect for the Jay-Z jab, dude has alot of songs with meaning.
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MonkeeDemon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
no dis respect kid but if you want to learn whats hip hop write back and i tell u

listen to the gray album let it open your eyes there obviosly closed

no cars cloths or xchains attached


"it's the rock"
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MonkeeDemon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
i respect the idea but jay is a kid who grew up poor and became rich by spitting lyrics (thats hip hop) and his job is a rapper, rappers are cocky, y are complanig about this and not the fact that he calls himself j-hova (jehova) pick your battles by the way hip hop pillars are :
breakers
mc's
graffete
and dj's
if not him who represents best for that
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:iconkihunter:
KiHunter Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
What do you think man? I could name a few:
-Rakim
-KRS-One
-Big Daddy Kane
-Public Enemy
-LL Cool J
-Gang Starr
-EPMD
-Run DMC
Etc.

Jay-Z only cares about making money, and he's actually using Hip Hop for it, showing absolutely no love for the culture and its people.
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cheeny Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Student General Artist
i usually hate materialistic rap but i cant help liking jay-z, besides all his songs aren't like that.
look at this excerpt from Lost One

Hov had to get the shallow shit up off him
And I ain't even want to be famous
Niggaz is brainless to unnecessarily go through these changes
And I ain't even know how it came to this
Except that fame is
The worst drug known to man
It's stronger than, heroin

no big cars, clothes, or chains.

still though, mad respect for the stencil real well done, specially with the money i think over all its a good representation of what rap is going through.
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oathfanzig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008   Photographer
This is good.
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DonDonBeginner Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
I like the image...

dissing Jay and also being a hip hop fan...

hmmmmm

tough

he is regarded as one of the greatest rappers

and i agree he is
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KENZoner Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
DOPE.. daz wuz up! feel ya duude! :D
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thatsawyer Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008   Digital Artist
fucking. awesome.
hip hop deosn't need a CEO.
and if it did it'd be someone like sage francis, el-p or aesop rock.
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dexkim Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
I completely agree and your piece speaks louder than words. Jay-Z is just a business man running the rat race. His voice is annoying and his albums WAY overrated.
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