Most MCs regard themselves as artists—and rightfully so. With your imagination as the canvas, every word a rapper spews can be compared to a stroke of a brush; painting a story they weave in your mind. No doubt the likes of Slick Rick, Notorious B.I.G, and Nas are some of hip-hop’s most beloved figures, yet they also double as master storytellers.
While most rappers are using words to illustrate their story, Brooklyn’s own TTK is well, actually using paint. Combining his passion for both hip-hop and art, TTK has blessed FRANK151 with our latest feature column: See What I’m Sayin’; a visual ode to some of his favorite hip-hop lyrics.
This week’s See What I’m Sayin’ covers Notorious B.I.G’s 1997 hit, “Niggas Bleed,” off of Life After Death. The track was amongst many considered to have mafioso storytelling, a type of rap sub-genre created by Kool G Rap in the 1980s. Biggie of course, took it to the next level. The quote—visible here—starts at 0:06.