About Def P

Def P (Pascal Griffioen) was born in 1969 in Amsterdam. From 1982 to 1990 he attended two four-year courses at the Amsterdam School of Graphic Arts and then started working as a graphic designer/illustrator. During that period he became completely fascinated by the then emerging Hip-Hop movement. He was particularly obsessed with graffiti and rap, which quickly became a lifestyle he would never let go of. After returning in 1988 from a summer spent in the States, he became convinced rap could be as powerful and original in his own 'mother tongue'. So he started the Dutch rap group Osdorp Posse, becoming pioneers of Dutch language rap music. Nowadays Def P is pursuing a solo career as a musician, with, amongst others BL3NDER . But he also wrote various theatre plays, makes paintings, drew a comic book called 'Verfallstad', writes columns for various magazines and is a DJ for KinkFM.

Art and Money

Art and Money are two concepts, which seem to be difficult to combine but still always keep meeting or looking for each other. A kind of indefinitely ongoing hate-love relationship between two persistently slutty types. Meaning that discussions, which arise around this topic are often pointless rants or end up in highly irritating incomprehensible professional gibberish.

So let’s take a simple, clear look: Money is a widely accepted medium of exchange or bartering. We don’t need to make that definition more complicated. The definition of art on the other hand will be a bit more difficult, and furthermore, one that touches upon a lot of people’s sensitivities. So, what does our mighty digital Oracle Wikipedia declare?

Art is anything made by man, which has as its goal to stimulate the human senses and mind through originality and /or beauty. This can be visual art (paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography) but also music, film, literature, theater, dance and architecture. Other human expressions, which are presumed to have little originality (simple paintings, Bouquet Series novels, exploitation films) or those expressions, which want to provoke and stimulate people for other reasons (eg advertising) are usually not included in the field of the arts, but the boundary between art and kitsch (non-art) is not an easy one to draw. (translated from the Dutch Wikipedia page)

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