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The New York Times reports that Drake — a considerably talented performer who is just generally "working on excellence" — will compile a comprehensive soundtrack for the Sotheby's spring black contemporary art show.

Though the rapper's not the boastful art snob that Jay Z and Kanye proclaim to be (see: "Picasso Baby: An Art Performance Film"), the auction house went on record to tout Drake as one of the "foremost cultural tastemakers" of our day — an assertion I will happily co-sign, as a member of the present day.

The auction house hopes Drake's cache will draw attention to a show that features black art world stars Kara Walker, Nick Cave, Glenn Ligon, Wangechi Mutu, and the formidable Jean-Michel Basquiat among its 20-piece selection. Visitors and potential buyers can listen to Drizzy's mixes as they ponder purchasing, say, a Nick Cave "sound suit" (I would personally take two).

Nick Cave sound suits at the Armory Show 2014

While this might seem like a bit of an odd pairing, Drake's spokeswoman explained that "Wheelchair Jimmy" often finds inspiration in visual artists — an inspiration that you'll recall led him to work with Los Angeles artist Kadir Nelson for his dreamscape "head in the clouds" album cover art for Nothing Was the Same.

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With this collaboration, Drake has circumvented a rut that many of his fellow rappers have seemingly fallen into: namechecking Basquiat alone, despite the fact that we live in a golden age of black American contemporary art.

Marjon Carlos is a style and culture writer for Fusion who boasts a strong turtleneck game and opinions on the subjects of fashion, gender, race, pop culture, and men's footwear.