WATCH: Swizz Beatz Pays Homage to Painter Jean-Michel Basquiat - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Yesterday (December 22) would have been famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s 50th birthday. Since his death of an apparent drug overdose in 1988 at the age of 27, Basquiat has lived on through his artwork, which is praised for its socio-political undertones and unique visual aesthetics. Music producer and art connoisseur Swizz Beatz is a longtime fan of Basquiat’s work and has several of

the New York painter’s pieces in his collection. As part of his partnership with Reebok, Swizz will be launching a “I Am Basquiat” campaign that will include footwear and apparel featuring Basquiat-styled imagery. recently sat down with Swizz to discuss how the campaign came about and why Basquiat is such a polarizing figure.

Anslem Samuel

Anslem Samuel, Senior Producer, has been a culture critic and entertainment journalist for over 10 years. After a four-year stint as Culture Editor at The Source, the New York native became the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Ave, an independent quarterly publication that combined entertainment, social issues and politics. From there, he served as the Senior Editor for XXL magazine for three years before moving up the ranks to Digital Content Director for Also heading up an award-winning relationship blog, he now brings his lifestyle expertise to