In theory, art shouldn’t have to be shoehorned into Hip Hop’s collective consciousness as if it were Rob Kardashian being stuffed into a Mini Cooper. When the likes of Psy and Paris Hilton aren’t attaching themselves to the culture, Hip Hop is an art form, right? Despite decades of the fine arts looking down Hip Hop and banishing it to the proverbial kids’ table that divides high and low culture, the five elements of Hip Hop all exist within the realm of art. And yet, the last few months have brought a wave of pretentiousness so blatant even Drake had to tell Jay Z to chill with the art references for a bit.

Leimert Park’s Raven Sorvino and East L.A.’s Sand One don’t inundate each other or their fans with superfluous art references. The former is equally comfortable cleverly exploring gender dynamics via her rhymes or hosting a “40z N Strippaz” party (it’s exactly what it sounds like: large quantities of malt liquor and exotic dancers). The latter can wax philosophical about the “starving artist” stereotype while explaining how her friend—an accountant—doesn’t understand the concept of being a dreamer and creating art for art’s sake. Such waxing just happens to take place on the 37 floor of a Downtown Los Angeles penthouse, where Sand One is tinkering with new concepts for her signature character, Stacks.

“To me she’s a real person, so she does everything a real person does,” SandOne explains. “With Stacks, she’s really cute. But deep inside, she’s like a hustler. It’s just like right now when you see Raven walk in. She’s cute, but she’s got a strong presence, and I get along with her.”

Saying these two merely get along might be a bit of an understatement. Maybe Hip Hop’s self-proclaimed art mavens would get a better response if they just turned on some cameras and opened a bottle of merlot. It seemed to work perfectly well for Raven and Sand One.

Raven Sorvino & SandOne On Hip Hop’s Perception Of The Art World