Here’s What Drake Recommends You Listen to While Viewing Art

Aubrey Drake Graham has selected a track list to accompany Sotheby's exhibition "I Like It Like This". (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images For ESPYS)
Mr. Graham has selected a track list to accompany Sotheby’s exhibition “I Like It Like This”. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images For ESPYS)

Canadian rapper Aubrey Drake Graham is a man of many talents. He’s an actor (he starred on the hit television series Degrassi: The New Generation), he’s a Grammy-winning music star, and now, he’s a curator—of sorts. Sotheby’s S|2 gallery has a selling exhibition up right now through June 12 of work by contemporary black American artists from the last 70 years. “I Like It Like This: S|2 X Drake” features pieces by Jacob Lawrence, Theaster Gates, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, Wangechi Mutu, and Mickalene Thomas, among others.

For the collaboration, Drake has added musical accompaniment for each piece that viewers can hear through a set of Beats by Dr. Dre Pro headphones set up at listening stations in the gallery. His track list is rap and hip-hop heavy but Delta blues musician Robert Johnson’s 1936 classic 32-20 Blues and Anthony Hamilton’s song Lucille slow things down a bit.

If you’re not satisfied with Drake’s picks, Sotheby’s is encouraging viewers to curate their own selections on social media. Tweet or Instagram @Sothebys with the hashtag #S2xDrake with your song pick and it’ll get added to list online at Beats Music. Our suggestions: Blackalicious, Erykah Badu, Lady Saw, Ray Charles, and FKA Twigs.

Below, Drake’s music-art pairings:  

Jacob Lawrence, The Lovers, (1946) — Anthony Hamilton, Lucille

David Hammons, Untitled (Man with White Headdress), (circa 1969) — Young Thug, Strange Things

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Black, (1986) — Yo Gotti Gangsta Party, Feat 8ball

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jazz, (1986) — Yo Gotti Gangsta Party, Feat 8ball

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Devil’s Head), (1987) — Makonnen, Rumor (Acoustic)

Romare Bearden, All The Things You Are, (1987) — Partynextdoor, Wild Bitches

Lorna Simpson, Portrait, (1988) — Rhianna, Bitch Better Have My Money

Mark Bradford, Fly in the Buttermilk, (2002) — Jadakiss, All for the Love

Wangechi Mutu, Untitled (Female in Fishnet), (2005) — Robert Johnson, 32-20 Blues

Mickalene Thomas, Study for As If You Read My Mind (From She Works Hard For The Money Pin-Up Series), (2006) — XXYYXX, About You

Kara Walker, Help Meet (Mans Mans Mans Mans World), (2007) — Shuggie Otis, Aht Uh Mi Head

Trenton Doyle Hancock, Blue Bald Voice Effects, (2008) — Riff Raff, Judo Chop

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, (2009) — Kendrick Lamar, F*ck Your Ethnicity

Glenn Ligon, Figure #29, (2009) — Drake, Wu-Tang Forever

Theaster Gates, Throne, Toward the Close of Day, (2010) — Jay Z/Kanye, The Joy

Barkley L. Hendricks, Passion Dancehall #2, (2011) — Popcaan, Everything Nice

Rashid Johnson, If It Ain’t Ruff, (2012) — Skepta, Shut Down

Tony Lewis, LOLO, (2012) — Chief Keef, Faneto

Terry Adkins, Norfolk, (2012) — Jamie xx, Sleep Sound

Kehinde Wiley, Ferdinand-Philippe-Louis-Henri, Duc D’Orléans, (2014) — ASAP Rocky, Multiply

Adam Pendleton, Harvest: 3,000 Years #2, (2014) — The Weeknd, The Zone Here’s What Drake Recommends You Listen to While Viewing Art