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Art In A B.I.G Way: The 4th Annual Think B.I.G Art Show Recap

It’s rare to see two very different forms of art work together but the creators of the “Think B.I.G Art Show” have made it happen for the fourth year in a row. Using physical art to commemorate the legacy of Brooklyn born and raised Hip-Hop legend Notorious B.I.G, this event brings together two things that many rarely put together - Art and Hip-Hop.

From March 6th-7th there were great drinks flowing while the DJ paid homage to Old School Hip-Hop like Biggie himself in addition to all the music that influenced his sound. As much as the vibe was set, this was way more than just a Brooklyn based get together; the focus was on the art. Event founders, Ray Thompson from Divided Right Entertainment and his partner, Alissa Jones Schulters of Bleu Entertainment strived for this event to be just as successful as the ones prior while keeping all COVID regulations in mind. Taking just three months to put together this two day event, Thompson and Schulters find it important to remind Black people of the link between physical art and music. “We have Hip-Hop moguls [and] fashion icons, and art is a part of our culture but it kind of got pushed away so we’re trying to push art back to our culture because it’s definitely valuable.” said Thompson. Since Schulters has a background in Music Marketing, the road to the B.I.G event was one that came naturally.

Due to COVID regulations, the duo was unable to pack out an event space with over 400 people as they had done years prior, so they split the event into two days to ensure that everyone had a chance to experience such a “B.I.G” event safely. Splitting the event into two days didn’t affect the level of support for the artists who were featured, such as Mike Saviello, @JulesWrld777, @artbyrojas, @djanaimichele, @Xerox1980_fww, @seanthawggs, and @henrymonkeys. All of the artists listed had their B.I.G inspired pieces on the wall but @juleswrld777, @seanthawggs and @henrymonkeys did something a little different by completing a few pieces live. Few artists used the same mediums; some had classic painting, digital prints, abstract art, and even 3D physical representations. Regardless of their mediums, the inspiration was clear - they all found a deep connection to B.I.G outside of the music and the different depictions of the man and his legacy displayed how differently music can be interpreted, just like art.

From live art to live music from violinist @mattviolinist this event was one to crossover age groups and art barriers. Schulters and Thompson have put together an event that has successfully connected the Art world to Hip-Hop, specifically the legacy that the Notorious B.I.G has left behind.

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