MostYoung Kings Get Thier Heads Cut Off”.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, an American artist of the 1980s, is credited with bringing the African-American and Latino experience to the elite art world.
One of his most prized pieces, “Most Kings” depicts the interrelationship of tragedy and success: “MostYoungKings Get Thier Heads Cut Off”.
His painting, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, was inspired by Basquiat’s hero, Charlie Parker, whose own life was a tragic play in itself.
The irony in this piece, however, is that the artist himself personified the meaning of his own artwork, tragically losing his life at the tender age of 27 due to a drug overdose. (Big bro Shakespeare)
Fast forward to early 00’s & rapper Jay Z mentions in his song ‘ most kings ‘
‘Same sword they knight you they gonna good night you with
Shit that’s only half if they like you
That ain’t he even the half what they might do’
I read it as a statement about what happens when youachieve a certain position. You become atarget.People want to take your head, your crown, your title. They want to emasculate you… ~ Jay- Z