Peanuts characters ‘Peppermint Patty’ and ‘Charlie Brown’ riffing on lyrics from ‘Protect Ya Neck’ by the Wu-Tang Clan. Painting by artist Mark Drew.
I’m a huge fan of artist Mark Drew—especially his “Tape Stack” paintings which can be found on greeting cards. I grab a few whenever I’m lucky enough to come across them.
In 2013 Drew created gallery-sized paintings based on one of his many zines. The zine in question featured images of the gang from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic mashed up with lyrics derived from 80s and 90s hip-hop. So instead of good old Charlie Brown uttering his famous phrase “good grief,” we get finally get to see Chuck slaying his nemesis Lucy with a line from “Let Me Ride” by Dr. Dre: “Fuck around n’ get caught up in a one-eight-seven.” Which seems about right given the fact that Lucy probably deserves to get a cap in her ass for all those times she denied poor Charlie the pleasure of kicking that goddamned football.
When Drew debuted the paintings at the China Heights gallery in Sydney, Australia he called the show “Deez Nuts” in tribute to the moniker adopted by failed 2016 presidential candidate high school student Brady C. Olson. Images of Charlie Brown and his homies Snoopy, Linus, Peppermint Patty quoting their favorite hip-hop lyrics follow.
Peanut’s character and notable meanie Lucy reciting a lyric from Public Enemy’s 1988 jam, “Louder than a Bomb” in a painting by artist Mark Drew.
Quote derived from the 1992 song by Dr. Dre, “Let Me Ride.”
Lucy and Patty reciting lyrics from the Digital Underground sing-along “The Humpty Dance.”
Another lyric by Wu-Tang Clan from “C.R.E.A.M.”
A quote citing the title of a 1993 song by Snoop Dogg.
Snoopy quoting The Notorious B.I.G. song “Kick in the Door.”
Linus quoting lyrics from “Slow Ride” found on the 1986 debut record from Beastie Boys.
Charlie Brown reciting a lyric by Jay Z from “Can’t Leave Rap Alone.”
Lyrics from “Method Man” from the debut album by Wu-Tang Clan, ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).’