RapCaviar Honors SZA, 21 Savage, & Metro Boomin By Turning Them Into Roman Statues
Spotify’s RapCaviar shows love to the three breakout rap artists of 2017
Many rappers had good to great years in 2017. However, there could only truly be three breakout rappers.
On Thursday evening, Spotify’s influential playlist RapCaviar revealed their picks. At an event at the Brooklyn Museum, Spotify launched the inaugural RapCaviar Pantheon, an annual tribute that celebrates the breakthrough hip-hop artists of that respective year.
For 2017, RapCaviar inducted star producer Metro Boomin, the first lady of TDE SZA, and Atlanta star 21 Savage. To honor these three artists, RapCaviar built life-size Roman statues of the artists, which they unveiled at Thursday’s event.
The sculptures were created using Kuka robotic arms from Neoset Designs and Proptogroup. The sculptures are massive and include great little details. (21 Savage’s sculpture had Issa written on it; Metro Boomin’s statue featured the names of all of the producer’s hits in 2017.) Completion of the sculptures took 15 days. What’s cool is that for a limited time the sculptures could be seen publicly at the Brooklyn Museum.
Tuma Basa, who is the global head of hip-hop at Spotify, spoke to Variety about the sculptures:
“Pantheon is our way of non-verbally communicating the breakthrough artists of 2017…We’re treating our artists with the importance that Ancient Rome treated its gods. Metro, SZA and 21 all proved this year that they’re here to stay. Their music is forever so why not immortalize their likeness? Greco-Roman Respect Style!”
Along with unveiling the sculptures, the event also hosted a panel discussion featuring Tuma, legendary film and music video director Director X, and The FADER Editor-in-Chief, Duncan Cooper.
There was also a screening of a short film which documented the making of the sculptures. Director X shot the short.
Scroll down to see some photos of the event and Director X’s video.