A Hip Hop DIVA does not have to primarily focus on hip hop. I know that may seem as a direct contradiction to what a Hip Hop DIVA is but let me explain. A DIVA may inadvertently contribute to hip hop. Her talents and skills may impact the culture in a profound way. So, while she may not be a hip hop artist, Shanise Brown-Abrought’s artistic talents benefit our culture. Her contributions do not go unnoticed and that is why she is sought out by many.
Shanise Brown-Abrought is a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her wisdom, kindness, and most of all her loving spirit brings a feeling of home when in her company. Hip hop is home to many of us beause we can’t imagine life without it and at the end of the day it provides us comfort. Okay, so hip hop may not be that comforting. But, in all of the edginess, showboating, hating, imitating, and all of the other “hard” aspects of hip hop, it is comforting to meet someone who is the exact opposit of all that yet still be a relevant to the culture. We typically classify graffiti as hip hop art. But Shanise’s commitment to create an “art piece that captures a timeless moment” that can be treasured for generations should be the commitment every DIVA takes on. Her work can be simple like a rapper’s simple rhyming patterns or it can be elegant like an eloquent lyricist’s metaphors. She has managed to create art that is impossible to imitate. Isn’t that what everyone is attempting to accomplish via swag?
Shanise is well-known for her signature portraits on mirrors. DIVAS Keyshia Cole and Erykah Badu are clients of hers. A veteran artist for over 30 years, Shanise paints, draws, sketches and ultimately creates treasures that serve as elegant backdrops in businesses, restaurants, or your home. Hold a converstaion with her and you’d be surporised to meet someone like her within the industry. The airbrush artist known as as Shanise Brown-Abrought is a DIVA more than welcome in hip hop.
Check out Shanise and some of her work at www.artbyshanise.weebly.com.