The Brixton mural created in memory of local hip hop artist Ty has been renewed as the 50th anniversary of hip hop culture is marked locally.
Mercury Prize nominated Benedict ‘Ty’ Chijioke died suddenly in 2020 as a result of Covid complications.
In our 2018 interview with him he spoke of his feelings about Brixton as well as how his music was linking with with jazz and grime.
Bunny Bread at Create Not Destroy which created the mural in 2020, said it had “served as a way for us to honour and remember TY, and with his birthday approaching on 17 August and the 50 Year Anniversary of hip hop, we felt this was the perfect time to rejuvenate the mural and create a new visual representation of Ty’s artistic legacy.
“Collaborating with arts organisations close to Ty’s heart: Jazz re:freshed, Louder Than Words, Apples and Snakes, Scanners Inc, The Brixton Project was able to bring this vision to life.
“Their support and partnership made it possible to create a new design that would serve as a beacon of Ty’s lasting impact and influence on his beloved Brixton and the wider international hip hop community.
“We are immensely grateful for their assistance in making this project a reality.
“Together, we have not only restored the mural, but also revitalised Ty’s memory and his contributions to the world of music and art.
“Special thanks to the whole team at Create Not Destroy Jason, Simone and Havier for their time and dedication.
“It is an absolute honour to pay tribute to our dear friend Ty. Thank you to everyone involved who helped make this restoration possible.”