Hip Hop Art – Alim Smith Aka Yesterdaynite

Alim Smith is an artist whose hip hop art work has been exhibited in galleries mainly on the east coast of America. He has made many vibrant album covers including bold portraits of African American icons. Alim Smith also known as Yesterdaynite, he lives in Delaware, USA. He has created a unique place with his work in the art world. He says that art is in his blood.

Hip Hop Art - Alim Smith Aka Yesterdaynite

He has expanded his work in Visual Arts, Communicative Arts as well as Photography. His work is not all about celebrities images, it is deeper than that.

Where It All Began

Alim began to take a serious interest in art at an early age, he sold his first piece when he was at middle school. That was portrait of his mom’s friend and from then he began painting portraits of cultural icons. It was the starting place of motivation on which he would later expand. He graduated high school in 2008, at that time he had been diagnosed with epilepsy. His mother also lost her job that made him to opt out of further pursuing art school. But he continued to creating art from his home. He has created portraits of hip hop artists including Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, André 3000. Some of his hip hop art work:



#tbt He has the original 16 X 20 Pastel on canvas Ydnite.com for prints I think this is my favorite drawing ever, because I was really really struggling trying to capture Andre 3000's face while still distorting it, and once I figured out how to draw it I was so fucking excited. It was hard because he doesn't have one uniform look or wear his hair one way so I could of drawn him a million different ways. He's by far my favorite rapper and like what I wanna be in the art world, like do shit so phenomenally you can't even really compare it to anything but I have figured out where I think 3000 got his style from , listen to Johnny guitar Watson "telephone bill" that shit sounds like it could be 3000's dad. @jazzybelle__ 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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"Obama Portrait" by Alim Smith (Yesterday Nite)

Alim has also won many awards for his work including 1st place at Martin Luther King Arts and Education, Gold Key Painting Scholastics Award Winner, Gold Honoree (National Center on Elder Abuse) Student Arts Competition Published Poet, Unity (2007) and African American Artist Alliance of Delaware (Youngest Member)


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