We're sure rappers would love to be called "Your Majesty" on the regs (it has to have been requested of an assistant-slash-umbrella-holder somewhere along the way, right?), but L.A. street artist Kai is going one step further. He's truly giving music's nouveau nobility the royal treatment in his "Now Royalty" exhibit.
The trained-in-painting rogue has been heralded for his graffiti since '09, when he thoughtfully replaced the "Marlborough" with "Morons" on a ciggy box mural — and his dad quit as a result! Well, when Kai heard a knock on the door of his pad in Malibu one night, it happened to be Drake's tour manager warning him of a loud party about to rage at the neighbors'. After he joined in on the hijinks, many other doors opened for the artist within the rap community (his work was shown backstage with Lil' Wayne at SXSW), and thus, his inspiration for this exhibit, opening tomorrow.
There's been gossip that Eminem has already snatched up the monastic depiction of himself (narcissist mantlepiece material, much?), and the word on the street is that Jay-Z and Tupac reign as gentry in a few of the other 26 oils on canvas. Last little rumor on the block? The first 100 people to show up will receive a free serigraphed collectible print! We'll be there, fo' schizzle.
Art Courtesy of Kai