by Mark Round in New Art on Thursday 12 April 2012

As Jay-Z says in his book, Decoded: ‘Hip hop is the only art that I know that’s built on direct confrontation’. Based on that premise, rappers wrote some of the best lines of hip hop just saying ‘how dope they are’. These lines inspired Brazilian illustrator Raoni Marqs to create portraits of some of the most famous, legendary, and controversial figures rap has ever seen.