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, Ghostface Killah, 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.
Salute to an album that has been the soundtrack to a lot of my work over the past decade: Madvillainy by MF Doom and Madlib, aka Madvillain. The two Stone’s Throw label mates have produced some seminal hip-hop on their own over the years, but Madvillainy is nothing short of a classic. This illustration is inspired by “Accordion.” The quote from “Accordion” starts at :25—peep here.