Jay-Z on Jean-Michel Basquiat
"When Basquiat painted 'Charles the First' he was only twenty-two. People always wanted to stick Basquiat in some camp or another, to paste on some label that would be stable and make it easy to treat him like a commodity. But he was elusive. His eye was always on a bigger picture, not whatever corner people tried to frame him in. But mostly his eye was probably on himself, on using his art to get what he wanted, to say what he wanted to communicate his truth."
–Jay-Z, Decoded (p.95)