Asake – Basquiat – “Basquiat,” a captivating track from Asake’s album Work of Art, stands as a remarkable tribute to the iconic American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The song showcases Asake’s ability to infuse his music with diverse elements from Nigerian Afropop while paying homage to Basquiat’s profound impact on the art world.
Co-written by Asake and Olamide Adedeji, his boss at YBNL Nation, “Basquiat” exemplifies the artistic beauty found within the fusion of music and visual art.
Inspired by Basquiat’s life and his fascination with the numeral 6, Asake adeptly weaves this motif into his song, reinforcing the consistency that Basquiat found in his own art.
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The deliberate decision to release the album in the sixth month of the year and position the song as the sixth track on the album showcases Asake’s attention to detail and his desire to pay homage in a meaningful way.
From the moment the song begins, the listener is enveloped in a vibrant blend of traditional Nigerian Afropop sounds and contemporary elements. Asake’s vocals exude a charismatic energy, with effortlessl delivery that is authentic.
Meanwhile, the production of the song stands out remarkably. The melodies and intricate arrangements of the track showcases Asake’s depth with art.
Lyrically, “Basquiat” carries a profound message that resonates with Basquiat’s artistic journey.
The lyrics paint a vivid picture of the struggles faced by artists in the quest to leave a lasting impact on the world, mirroring Basquiat’s own challenges and triumphs. Through poetic storytelling and clever wordplay, Asake brings to life the essence of Basquiat’s artistic spirit.
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Asake’s homage to Basquiat not only lies in the lyrics but also in the song’s visual representation. The accompanying music video showcases stunning visuals that draw inspiration from Basquiat’s bold and expressive style.
The video features vibrant colors, striking imagery, and symbolic references that pay tribute to Basquiat’s artwork. This visual amalgamation of music and art further highlights Asake’s commitment to celebrating Basquiat’s creative legacy.
Outstandingly, “Basquiat” stands out as a testament to the evolving nature of Nigerian Afropop music, seamlessly blending cultural influences with global trends.
Asake’s ability to merge his unique artistic vision with Basquiat’s legacy creates a captivating experience that transcends genres and borders. The song serves as a reminder of the enduring power of art and its ability to bridge cultures and inspire creativity.
In a nutshell, “Basquiat” is a masterpiece in Asake’s album “Work of Art”.