"Basquiat: Boom for Real" opened last night at the Barbican Center in London. The exhibition examines the artist's relationship to music in depth. Basquiat, who amassed a collection of3,000 albums, was obsessed with music. His devotion to music influenced his painting and drawing in both broad highly-specific, ways (he depicted his jazz heroes an incorporated their names into his works).
Basquiat had eclectic taste in music, but it was jazz -- specifically Bebop -- that was his prime aural inspiration.
The attached article from the NYT has a Spotify playlist with some of Basquiat's favorite tracks.