The new kings of hip-hop get a royal makeover

2015-03-17 10:48

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Left: detail of Christ Blessing surrounded by a Donor Family. Unknown German Painter 1560 - Right: Kanye West

Some of hip-hop’s biggest names have been paired with their ancient counterparts in a new photoset by b4-16. The collection features classical artworks with characters whose outfits bear a striking resemblance to those of present-day rap stars. In the ultimate throwback post, rappers Kanye West, ASAP Rocky and 2 Chainz are presented as ­­reincarnations of a regal past, where fur coats, heavy gold chains and stank faces were usual fare. Among some of the best comparisons are Rick Ross as a modern King Henry VIII and Wiz Khalifa’s reboot of a painting of one of the three wise men. If you’re into hip-hop or history, this page is well worth a look.

Left: Henry VIII by the studio of Hans Holbein the Younger, 1540-1550 / Right: Rick Ross

Left: Male Ancestor. 1st–4th century. Mesoamerica. Nayarit - Right: Young Thug

Left: Portrait of Henry the Pious, Duke of Saxony by Lucas Cranach - 1514 / Right: Takeoff from Migos

Left: Jan van Eyck. Ghent Altarpiece detail. c. 1432 / Right: The ATL Twins.

Left: The Adoration of the Magi.Hugo van der Goes. Netherlandish. Late 15th century. Right: Wiz Khalifa

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