Making a return to music, on the heels of a project with the New York Public Library and artist residency in a castle in Italy, New York sonic insurgent, provocateur, disruptor, artist Shirt debuts “Death To Wall Art” his new single out today. Listen to “Death To Wall Art” HERE via Mello Music Group. This time around, Shirt joins forces with GRAMMY® Award- winning producer Jack Splash [Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Alicia Keys] for a new full body of work due for release this year.
On the Splash-architected track, a glaring guitar loop punctures the glitchy beat as Shirt ponders the state of art. He begins with, “People use any excuse to tell you who they are” and proceeds to do just that, lamenting his personal views on everything from cosmic connection and late-stage capitalism to under- recognized artists and art that has been deemed “not fine art” by racially structured “traditional” standards. Rapping acutely about Hip-Hop and rap music’s continued exclusion from the highest levels of the Fine Art world, Shirt spits, “If we being real nobody want to call it art. They’d have to open their museum doors––it’d fall apart,” slicing through the production with an informed and nuanced take.
Shirt’s incisive bars, “When I say ‘death to wall art’, I mean, fuck paint by numbers. That’s a hallmark. Don’t just color out the lines, tear the wall apart. Don’t just show me a corny NFT of the shark, go swim with sharks,” are summed up with the cover art of “Death To Wall Art” a photograph taken by Shirt of actual cuts through a museum gallery wall by the artist Diane Severin Nguyen.
SHIRT x Jack Splash full album coming soon.