If you tried to explain hip-hop to someone through visual references, you'd have to mention the fashion, the luxury goods, and art. With regards to art specifically, photography that went into the images of hip-hop many have from the later 90s to the earlier 2000s, include grainy performance shots, the occasional candid portrait, as well as the various album covers of the time.
One particular facet of hip-hop is its street culture, which can not be segregated from art forms like graffiti art. At events like Back To The City and Cotton Fest, graffiti art is well represented in one way or another. But art doesn't just show up at events, some of the artists we know and love today also use to lay down their tags around the city. One of these artists is Stogie T.
@TumiMolekane used to be a graffiti artist ????— Benni Dineo Tleane (@bdtleane) July 5, 2019
On Twitter, one user shared the tidbit of history that Stogie was once an active graffiti artist. To this, the "By Any Means" rapper shared his tag name of "INKONE." According to Tumi, "back in the day, hip-hop was a multidisciplinary art form." While there are still many artforms that hip-hop artists continue to engage when they're producing a piece or body of work, it is always important to pay homage to the history of the culture of hip-hop.