From Daniel Edwards, the artist behind Justin Bieber’s toon dick and topless Amy Winehouse immortalized in sallow bronze, comes Mogul (Jay-Z Occupies Occupy Wall Street). Sprung from the flack given to Jay over his “Occupy All Streets” Rocawear t-shirt profiteering, the sculpture depicts Jay as the base of a cartoon totem pole, from Richie Rich down to Scrooge McDuck to Mr. Burns to Mr. Shawn Corey Carter, be-blinged with chains and dollar-sign medallion.
The message seems clear: Despite his attempted association with the Occupy movement, being part of the 99% ain’t one of his 99 problems. Ha! Get it? That was easy. [Pats self on back.] Also, Edwards gave Jay moobs. Ha.
Still, Edwards explains to XXL:
“I think Jay-Z has made himself a face of [the] Wall Street that Occupiers are protesting against. Maybe Jay-Z is striving to be in the one percent? Which is why I chose the composition of a totem pole because I thought it would resemble the number one. Rap stars who turn ‘Scrooge’ have to suffer some damage to their street credibility.”
Now, are you ready for the Russell Simmons Occupy Wall Street concert extravaganza? “We’re definitely working for permits. We’re definitely looking to make a huge impact,” he says. How’s his cred lookin’?