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 weeks #SeeWhatImSayin is dedicated to the 21st anniversary of ODB’s single ‘Brooklyn Zoo’ (Feb 3, 1995). As uncertainty continues to permeate the hip-hop world regarding noted asshole Martin Shkreli and the future of Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin—which he purchased at auction and is now threatening to destroy—it’s reassuring to look back and realize that the Clan and each member has produced a solid body of work that will live on forever. Let’s all give Brooklyn Zoo a listen or three today and, for those of us who imbibe, plan on pouring a little out in remembrance of ODB this evening.