Hip-hop’s behemoth prince, Young Thug, has long been called a surrealist rapper and a gender-defying walking meme. In his words, “Every time I dress myself, I go muhfucking viral.” Whilst trawling Instagram’s explore page, I stumbled across an account that’s taking Thugger and comparing him to classic works of art, raising him from trap god to virginal saint.
Here he’s seen, double polystyrene cup in one hand, sneaker in the other, compared to French neoclassical painter, William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s delicate work After Bath (1875.)
Then you’ve got him biting into a fat stack, compared aptly to classic American painter John George Brown’s Eating The Profits (1878), which could easily be the name of his next mixtape.
And just how could Thugger be compared to Frida Kahlo? Well @youngthugaspaintings have drawn comparisons to him getting pushed through the airport with a leopard-print neck pillow whilst snacking, almost identically to Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait With Doctor Farill.
Most impressively – and probably the most fitting – are the comparisons of the Atlanta-born rapper to Caravaggio’s works. Not only do both St. Jerome Writing and The Incredulity of Saint Thomas highlight similarities between the poses of Thugger and Caravaggio’s characters, but they also play into the fact that Caravaggio himself (born Michelangelo Merisi) was the ultimate unconventional art-history bad boy.
Notoriously eccentric and dismissive of classical painting, his early works were condemned by critics in their struggle to understand his naturalism and sexual ambiguity. Follow @youngthugasapainting for some future classics.