The world needs your creative energy.
Music to me is more than just a melody, it's a way of life, a culture and a feeling that can move and inspire others. Art in it's most meaningful form is meant to create and inspire more art. That's why when Genius invited me to peep the upcoming "Lyrics To Life," in collaboration with Dropbox, I knew I had to come through and support.
"Lyrics To Life," showcases original works of art from renowned visual artists inspired by iconic lyrics across different genres. Among my favorite art installations of the event featured Notorious B.I.G.'s iconic "Juicy" lyrics:
It was all a dream
I used to read Word Up Magazine
Salt N Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hanging pictures on my wall
Graffiti artist TYPOE remixed old school play block letters to bring viewers into what he described as "a state of childhood. A state where we didn't limit our dreams and our potential. There was less fear and more openness."
Fashion designer Peggy Noland interpreted Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life" lyrics:
In this very moment, I’m king
In this very moment, I slayed Goliath with a sling
Peggy highlighted the unlikely nature of success by showcasing a modern day David vs. Goliath scene complete with a Queen scene lips couch and slingshot aimed at Goliath. My favorite piece of this was the colors and vibrant attitude towards the monster. Oftentimes, it seems as creative artists, we think our trials rob us of our joy but it's in the perspective and attitude of our struggle that really causes us to be victorious no matter the situation.
Plexi Art Queen Melfinia, interpreted Radiohead's popular 1993 hit, "Creep":
But I’m a creep
I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here
Melfinia took viewers on a sweet escape with a room themed in the 90's. She explains, "In times of distress I would comfort myself by creating my own alternate reality. In this alternate space that I was able to heal, combining natural elements like plants and crystals, to draw positive energy from.” As an artist, solitude is oftentimes, the greatest thing that helps us recharge and reimagine our vision. This room was a favorite for me because it made me realize how as a kid, I had the space of being able to write in my journal, AIM with bae or just listen to music on my iPod, pre-social media era. There's happiness in stillness and imagination.
Other visual artists featured include rapper/filmmaker Amine, L.A-based artist Devin Troy Strother, Mokibaby and Nitemind with lyrics inspired by The Notorious B.I.G., Tame Impala, Nicki Minaj, Sia and Animal Collective. Follow the story across social with #LyricsToLife or visit the interactive art exhibit in DTLA's Art District.
Lyrics to Life is open to the public from March 2-5. As of this writing, tickets are still available for Sunday, March 4 and Monday, March 5. Check ticket availability here.