Kai Aspire Turns Hip-Hop into Renaissance Music

By: Harris Jay Rosenberg Alterman - Published: Apr 8, 2012 • References: kaiaspire and complex
Street artist Kai Aspire has taken a break from spray-painting walls and pavement to create a series of portraits that feature famous rappers as old English noblemen.

All of the rappers depicted in Aspire's paintings look very intellectual, which comes out though their ridiculous poses and over-the-top outfits. Kanye West is dressed like an old fashioned knight, as he poses with his helmet and red sash. Eminem has been given a monk's robe and a pointy beard, which makes him look like a priest from the 1400s. Even Jay-Z is getting in on the old school fashion with his medieval collar, which is extremely fluffy.

Aspire isn't done yet, and still plans to add to the collection of rapper portraits.