While I am on the subject of hip hop art, I saw an AMAZING hip hop art exhibit, "Recognize!", at D.C.'s National Portrait Gallery last spring.
I love Kehinde Wiley's paintings. Kehinde, age 31, is known for his unique style in which old European portraiture meets modern hip-hop culture.
I went back to the museum several times, just to see the gigantic portraits up close, and made sure to drag friends, along:) The painting below was my favorite - LL Cool J.
Here's a good video about the artist's work --
Hip-hop and art history collide on Kehinde Wiley's canvases, where contemporary urban black men pose as angels, prophets, and saints set against richly colored swirls of ornate and rococo ornamentation:
If you ever have the opportunity to see his paintings in person, then make sure that you take advantage of that opportunity!