Monday, November 05, 2012

Pitbull believes we'll have to wait for him to die to enjoy him

Pitbull is thinking about how history will judge him.

And history is going to love him, he reckons:

The 31-year-old rapper - whose real name is Armando Pirez - wouldn't be a fan of his own work if he were younger, but thinks his true ''brilliance'' will be appreciated in years to come.
This is a bit confusing - if he was younger, and making the same work, he'd hate it? Can you explain, Mr. Bull?
He said: ''If I was younger, I'd think it was some bulls**t. The music isn't brilliant."
I'm older than you, and I think it's some bullshit.

But, yes, we can agree that your music isn't brilliant. We might argue a bit over if it's actually music. Do go on.
''People don't understand brilliance until after the fact - which happens with all artists, whether that's Picasso, Michelangelo, Van Gogh.''
Let's just set aside the lofty company into which Pitbull is elbowing his way - he's less a Picasso than the bloke who draws willies on the toilet wall in a market town Wetherspoons - and just consider that claim.

Picasso was being enthusiastically collected on both sides of the Atlantic by 1905. During his lifetime, Michaelangelo was considered the greatest living artist - you don't get the Sistine Chapel gig if you're thought a bit edgy and only liked by the hipsters. Van Gogh did fail to breakthrough during his lifetime, so that's one out of three.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And it's not even really true of Van Gogh either. Everyone knows the story about him only selling one painting in his lifetime to his friend's sister, but it's rarely mentioned that his friend and sister were the very rich and influential Eugene and Anna Boch. Anna Boch was an arts patron and Van Gogh was exhibited in the yearly XX exhibition that she helped run (other artists that exhibited there - Monet, Seurat, Cezanne, and Gaugain who had been friends with Van Gogh for a few years by the time he died). He was actually becoming very successful in his lifetime and it may even have been the success that contributed to his suicide rather than simply being miserable because he felt so misunderstood.

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