Leaders Of The New School


With new rappers emerging in the hip-hop game, there is a growing trend to stand out. But entertainment has always been about who reigns unique. If your music doesn’t differentiate you from Rapper A to Rapper B, then you better start rocking a look that can’t be imitated. It’s not a gimmick, it’s all part of the business. Fans are as much visual these days thanks to Instagram and Tumblr.



These illustrations from Xavier Payne, aka XPayne, show some of music’s biggest icons in minimalist art form. He’s named some of them “Leaders of the New School” as part of a series. Can you guess who these characters portray? Comment below!


For more works of art from XPayne, please visit his website here.



Marc Mangapit

Editor and freelance writer from Los Angeles. Pizza hunter and burger snob. He misses the old Kanye, the "I can't even go to the grocery store without some Ones that's clean and a shirt with a team" Kanye.

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