Spotify’s “RapCaviar” playlist is often discussed for its ability to change the trajectory of artists’ careers, and now the celebrated division is making its own creative statement through the newly-formed RapCaviar Pantheon, a division founded to honor three rising artists each year.
The endeavor is being kicked off with three life-sized statues honoring SZA, Metro Boomin and 21 Savage, who likenesses are on display at the Brooklyn Museum as of November 8, 2017.
According to press, “The artists were decided by a combination of data and curation, in keeping with the curatorial approach of the RapCaviar playlist.”
Tuma Basa, who is Spotify’s global head of hip hop, commented, “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!”
Incredibly, SZA’s monument will mark the just the sixth time a statue in New York City has been made in a woman’s likeness. According to Gothamist, while there are 145 statues honoring historical male figures, there are just five honoring women: Joan of Arc, Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman, a monument unveiled in 2008.
Check out images of the sculptors plus a Director-X-directed bideo with voice over via Pharrell below.