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If Tupac Met Malcolm X, They’d Side-Eye This Painting Together

At this point in time, y’all already know I spend WAY too much of my time and days loitering on the Den of Iniquity that is Twitter. Yesterday was no different. I was minding my own business (O__o) when someone posted a link to a twitpic by Tyrese. It was…

Malcolm X baptizing Tupac

Ok I have SO many questions, so few answers and so little time. But I’ma ask them, because this painting is just doing THE most with the least.

First of all, wasn’t Malcolm X muslim? What’s he doing baptizing Tupac? Then he’s rocking some white Qwa (choir) robe, that I KNOW Sister O’Dell did NOT approve of him taking from the Ursher Board room. And then Tupac’s tattoo. TUG LAFE though? What happened to “THUG LIFE?” Oh. The A is actually a bullet? Oh. So TUG L*bullet*FE. Got it. O________O

And who are the 3 random women on the far right side giving praises to the Lawd. Many people on Twitter thought it was SWV. Or 702. I think it’s Neffe, Frankie and Tiny. But that’s just me. Old random bitties. What is THEIR motivation?

Yeah, it’s just doing the most.

And I forgot to mention Tyrese’s caption of this picture:

This came to me in a DREAM it’s MALCOLM-X Baptizing TUPAC and it’s called “WHAT IF” A lot of questions ran through my mind, What if they met? What if they had joined forces to empower black people? What if?? What if??

*deep sigh* SIR… Tyrese… Black TY. This painting was YOUR idea? But methinks I have a BETTER idea of how this painting came to be. Sit down and lemme tell you a story.

Once upon a time, there was a dude behind bars, on lockdown. Then he started pontificating about life. So one day, he was talmto his cellmate on some “Hey Bubba. I was sitting here right? And then I started to think, because you know… I like to do that. WHAT IF MALCOLM X and TUPAC MET?” And Bubba was all “Man… that’s kinda deep, son. You kinda deep like that.” And then he went to the prison library and traded some free weights for some coloring supplies and he created that painting. And all was well.

THEN, when he got outta jail on parole, he came across Tyrese at his cousin twice removed on his mom’s side’s holiday party and was like “Hey man! We gotta look out for the brotha man AND the other man.” And then him and Tyrese started talking. And he was all “Man, I really found God behind bars. And during my journey, I was asking myself so many questions. And one day, I had a vision that Tupac and Malcolm X met. So I made the painting.” And Tyrese was all blown away talmbout “OMG bruh! You’re so intelligents and stuff! That’s kinda deep, yo!”

And THEN Muhammad Al-Shariff St. Cristo (his enlightened name) was all “Lemme show you this painting I did.” And Tyrese went “Aight.” Then they went to the hostel Muhammad (formerly Tyrone Earl Jenkins) was staying at, and Tyrese saw the painting of Malcolm X baptizing Tupac. So what happened was that Tyrese went “My brotha. This shit is COLD. You just opened my eyes to some knowledge, bruh. I must share this!”

So then, Muhammad went “You know, while I was incarcerated, all I could do was pontificate alone with my thoughts and no one to conversate with. Irregardless doe, I wanted to make something that’ll change the world.” And Tyrese was all “My dude, you REALLY got some intelligents.” Then Tyrese took out his TMobile sidekick and took a pic of the painting. And he kept it. Then in 2009, he twitpiced it to the world. The end.

This story has been brought to you by “Luvvie’s Masterpiece Theater,” a production of 1, directed by 1, and written by 1. TAKE THAT, TYLER!

Oh and Muhammad Al Shariff St. Cristo is now back in jail. He had 1 four loko too many last year and stabbed a deacon. The deacon survived. Muhammad’s freedom did not. #WhereAreTheyNow

But yeah, my overactive imagination pays for sometimes. Anywho, turns out my story was far from the truth. Tyrese himself painted it. Apparently, he showed this off on MTV Cribs back in 2005.

Oh Tyrese. He be trying. Bless his heart. But since he’s making nonsensical paintings, I have a coupla requests.

I won’t rest til I see a picture of Marvin Gaye giving dap to Elvis! Tyrese needs to find Muhammad and make it happen for postracial america.

I’d also like a pic of Morgan Freeman’s 20th bday. You know? The one where him and Cicely Tyson helped Harriet Tubman drive freedom the train.

I need a painting of Barbara Walters’ 20/20 exclusive as she snitches to God bout Adam & Eve eating that bad fruit.

I need a painting on Kirk Franklin teaching Matthew, Mark, Luke and John the “Stomp” routine.

Can I get a painting of Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim snatching each others’ tracks out? Oh. That’s TOO realistic? Aight then. (-___-)

You know who goes hard in the muthaf*cking paint? Tyrese! His watercolors game is NOT a joke. GET. LIKE. HIM. #TyresePaintings But for real, the dude got skills. The concept is just questionable.

Whatcha’ll think of the painting? Does he get an E for effort?

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  1. January 19, 2011 at 8:35 am

    “I’d also like a pic of Morgan Freeman’s 20th bday. You know? The one where him and Cicely Tyson helped Harriet Tubman drive freedom the train.”

    I will never forgive you for this. NEVAH!!!

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      But you love me #doe.

      • Toledo Boogz
        April 23, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        The “E” is for “EXCUSE ME!”. That’s Susta Bertha Jenkins, Susta Wylethia Alexander, and Susta Bethula Jackson in the background graspin an clutchin they precious pearls, wond’rin who those mens is wadin in the wata of Jeezuss unauthorized by the Deacon Board.

        And as a noted side: it’s “Muslim”, with a capital “M”.

    • Beth
      January 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      I agree. I can only type from a prone position and do not think I’ll be able to rouse myself within the next few hours.

  2. K. Weezy
    January 19, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I guess it hasn’t gotten to Tyrese yet that he’s stupid. Too many people is cosigning on this guy’s “intelligents” like it’s the “godspell”.
    Ugh. He tries #doe.

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Bless him heart. Yes. HIM heart.

  3. January 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Miss, this quote “I need a painting on Kirk Franklin teaching Matthew, Mark, Luke and John the “Stomp” routine.” proves you need to sleep more.

    On that note…

    Why is Tupac wearing sweats? He gonna drown them both.

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Tupac got on velour pants and shit. You know how HEAVY that is when it’s wet? He sho’ll is tryna drown them both. What if Tupac can’t swim?

  4. January 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Other that outright refusing to believe Tyrese painted that(I guess I’m being the hater he’s always warning Twitter about) I don’t know what to do with this. It’s just all…so wrong!

    “And then he went to the prison library and traded some free weights for some coloring supplies and he created that painting.” LMAO!!!!!

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      Chile, I ain’t wanna believe he painted it either til someone sent me a link to that MTV Cribs ep.

  5. January 19, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I need Jody my Jody to paint one where Kanye tells Sarah Palin to STFU holding a wrap it up B box.

    • January 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

      i’d pay good money for that painting though.

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm


  6. Constance
    January 19, 2011 at 8:59 am

    You will NOT put “incarcerate” and “pontificate” in the same sentence as “conversate”. Poor Muhammad.

    I died though at Tyrese misspelling “thug”. Clearly he needs a ghost writer for more than just the Twitter. How unfortunate.

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      I will and I did.

  7. January 19, 2011 at 9:12 am





    • January 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      YOU failed?? Grl naw HE failed.

  8. January 19, 2011 at 9:45 am

    He gets an E for effort and a S for stupidity!

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      And there it is…

  9. January 19, 2011 at 10:57 am

    tyrese fails at life. like he seriously does. i just saw a tweet that said: “Martin Luther King Jr didn’t die so Tyrese could tweet.” i damn near doubled over in laughter. i do believe there is a petition going to get him to delete his twitter account.

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      MLK ain’t fight for segregation to end for this! But I’d vote that we segregate Tyrese’s tweet into a *dumb stuff here* box.

  10. emti
    January 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

    HAHAHAHAHA Luvvie I need you to quickly sell the paintings you’ve commissioned for when I get fired at work from laughing too loud and need some cash

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      I’ma have to start a “People who got fired b/c of my blog” fund w/ the money I make.

  11. Christi Wampler
    January 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    You had me at SWV.

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      LOL! Ain’t it them though? I mean, we ain’t seen them in a long time so it prolly is.

  12. Ms. Heaven
    January 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I’m convinced that man did NOT graduate from the 6th Grade. I’m convinced that the “No Child Left Behind” mess was because someone saw the handwritten version of his autobiography. It went a lil sumfin lyke dis: “Helow. Mah naym be Tie Reese Jenkins. I is uh aktore. I kin druw ril guhd an I drawded a piktchur o Malcum Xx an Too Pack. Da En.”

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      OMG!!! The Tyrese bio. *dead as hell* iCan’t e’em deal w/ u. I laughed WAY too hard from reading that. Chile, u dumb.

    • Mellie
      February 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      And I am officially DONE.

  13. PhenomenalWoman
    January 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Long time lurker Luvvie and I have to say you are one of my blog “sheroes”:) Someone should commission Tyrese’s talents for a Save-a “heaux” portrait collection. I would gladly pay to see a water color rendition of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman and Coretta Scott King thing anointing holy water and having a “come back to Jesus” moment featuring Karrine Steffans, Kat Stacks and Amber Rose. The late great Rosa Parks can offer a benediction in the background.

    • January 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks for delurking to comment! Don’t be a stranger around these parts! *hugs* Also, you made me smile wide by calling me one of your blog sheroes. WHAT AN HONOR!!!

      But LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO @ that painting you tryna get made. I’d buy it.

  14. PhenomenalWoman
    January 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    *my apologies for the typo of the word “thing”

  15. TheBrownBabe
    January 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    iCant…oh, iCant!!!

    I have to remind myself NOT to check Luvvie’s posts at work (or on the train for that matter, cuz folks look at my like I’ve lost my mind as I try – unsuccessfully – to suppress the fits of laughter).
    I almost fell off my stability ball reading this mess! T’is so, so wrong!

    • January 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      LOL!!! You read my site while on a stability ball? I CAN’T PAY HOSPITAL FEES! lol now you know better than that

  16. January 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Yes, he get an E…not for effort, but for ERROR!!

    I need this painting, but I need the 5 people (including SWV in the water) replaced by Iotas. Since there are ONLY 5 of them (so I’ve heard) this shouldn’t be hard to do. Oh…I also need it on black velvet. Danke.

    Who is taking orders?

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      LMAOOOOOOOO!! As you come over here and spew #shade at the Iotas. I approve of it. And I’ll allow it. Always.

    • August 4, 2011 at 1:10 am

      iCried when you said you needed it on black velvet, because that is when the picture came to life for me. *weeps*

  17. January 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I want a painting of Farrakhan and Tyler Perry jumping double dutch. no? well forget you then. All Tyrese AIRTHANG!

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      Cole, you stoopid.

  18. lilbit o'luck
    January 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    THIS is some phsycadelic, puf puff pass,fragganaggle bull.

    *drops mic*

    • January 20, 2011 at 10:32 am


      *falls off chair*

  19. butimserious
    January 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I heard he’s releasing a book soon, it better be color by numbers. I imagine him reading books to his daughter at bedtime, ” On-see upon a time…” “Daddy that says once” smh… I know he’s a singer but he just sounds better with his mouth closed.

  20. January 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    WATCH we see duplicates of this paintings at malls across the nation (maybe some folks already have!) at a bootleg kiosk set up right next to the infamous picture of “urban” Jesus.


  21. paintgurl40
    January 20, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Now as an aspiring artist…I gotta admit that he’s got talent, it’s pretty good…BUT there’s some questions. TUG LAFE?, the three women are really tiny and Malcolm and 2pac are way out, wouldn’t they be like drowning instead of waist deep? Anyway, tyrese is fine. He was one of the first in line when God ws handing out looks, and decided he didn’t need to get in the intelligence line.

  22. paintgurl40
    January 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

    i guess a painting of martin luther king, biggie, frederick douglass and obama playing sitting at a table playing poker with blunts and 40’s on the table would be his next masterpiece…

    • krocka
      January 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

      with michelle, coretta, lil kim and sojourner braiding their hair!

  23. January 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    *sigh* I am just so mad at this pic and at Tyrese. He needs to stay up off twitter because the more he speaks the more I shake my head.

    whatever happen to that nice looking boy sangin’ on the bus.

  24. cool dr money
    January 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I can’t wait to find this print in my local 5 and 10 store. The same store that bought you the pic of the black Jesus with the dreads. Yall know everyone had that pic…..lol

    • January 31, 2011 at 12:45 am

      YESSS!!! It’ll be on sale for $5.92. And lawd, who didn’t have the pic of Black Jesus w/ locs?

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  27. December 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    […] Shakur… (no Boardwalk Empire-o) …I would relish the chance to go-in on this… but Luvvie @ https://www.awesomelyluvvie.com has done a terrific job doing so… TUG LAGE!!! Wait… […]

  28. […] think he’s the deepest dude this side of the Equator. Why else would he paint a picture of Malcolm X baptizing Tupac, thinking he was really doing something dope? To his credit though, he seems to have stayed out the […]

  29. August 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Okay, he can draw however the whole concept of this picture is sh*ts to hell, that’s all I have to say about this.

  30. August 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I love your sense of drama. And the dialog… almost as good as Elmore Leonard, hisself 🙂

  31. […] Oh and I forgot the part where Tyrese will make a painting based on all of this. […]

  32. […] 10. Since Tyrese won an award, is he gon go do a painting of a Grammy baptizing a Soul Train Award after the show? You know the man enjoys dabbling in paints! […]

  33. January 10, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Looks like he painted that at a sip and stroke…after way too many sips. Jesus be a tutor and a life coach.

  34. Monet Shavonne
    January 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    “I need a painting on Kirk Franklin teaching Matthew, Mark, Luke and John the “Stomp” routine.” AAAHAHAHAHATBKISDFK!! I can’t!!

  35. June 16, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Messing up monosyllabic words. #Fail
    Painting skills. Better than the average person, so he gets a #Win

  36. Shakira
    August 31, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    *grabs shovel and starts digging grave* DYING!!! And because you killed me talmbout Tyrese and his fake deep self, you’re doing my eulogy CTFU

  37. Pinky
    April 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    This looks like some foolishness you’d find at an HBCU Homecoming… on velvet…

    • Gee
      February 4, 2015 at 7:43 pm


  38. sango87
    February 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Damn, you Luvvie!!! I am here laughing out loud, to myself while reading this blog at work. My co-worker said, he’s always laughing at someone, or maybe he’s laughing at the voice in his head. Yea, I work with the mad folks. So, any odd behavior is questionable. LOL!!! I loved it!!!!!

  39. Latina
    February 4, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    You know when I eat a burger from Wendy’s really late at night I run the risk of having crazy dreams too. However, I don’t use my God given talent to share that craziness with the world – I change my diet instead!! Tyrese…Sir….QUIT PLAYIN’!!!!!

  40. Sybil
    February 4, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Yes, I am over the age of 50. So there you have it.
    Since when does the art that comes from one’s dreams need to be “politically” correct; “dimensionally” correct; or even “socially” correct?
    This is art, plain and simple, and if it were meant as a political cartoon or satire, I might understand the sarcasm . . . them maybe I’m just too old to ‘get it’.
    The hues are bright and the face of Malcolm X is dead on!
    When most people are ‘baptized’ into any new ‘culture’, many express feelings of newness, hence maybe the ‘new day dawning’ in the rising sun. The blue that is peeking in from under the orange sky gives a sense of hope that only a blue sky can give.
    Many times when art is critiqued it is for the sake of critiquing the art and/or understanding the artist a bit more – not to lambaste the artist and call him/her irrelevant – which most of them are while they are yet alive.

  41. Gee
    February 4, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Naw, Tyreese gets no props from me using a Crayola 24 pack! Malcolm appears to be laying Pac in a pine box. I can’t do this, not even in the name of “what if” lol.

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