Jan 3, 2014

Fine Art Friday: Kathleen Mae Boudwin

I discovered the work of Kathleen Mae Boudwin after seeing some poster art she made on behalf of critical darling Chance The Rapper (posted below) and felt like throwing a curveball into my regular art profiles for her. I enjoy the multimedia approach to her work, mixing water color textures and some digital enhancement (i'm guessing) to her cartoony character work. Some of it reminds me of the work of Alex Pardee and others and the line work of folks like Edward Gorey. I like the range of styles and colors she uses for all different applications and wish that more musicians would use bold images like hers to illustrate the typically drab world of mixtapes and hip hop covers.


Jan 2, 2014

Listen: J57 X Koncept - "When I Get There" w/ Co$$, Tenacity, Johaz, Blame One, El Prez, Realm Reality, Mike Maven

Double Truth alumni and Brown Bag Allstar affiliate J57 just dropped a joint effort with fellow BBAS Koncept entitled "FLIGHT". The album links the duo on behalf of Red Bull and LA-based extended family members for this collection of tracks. As a highlight of the session and single not-featured on the project, they dropped a posse cut for the track "When I Get There" featuring Co$$, Tenacity, Johaz (Dag Savage), Blame One, El Prez, Realm Reality and Mike Maven. With the entire project being sample-free, this album could be a hint at much more exposure to come for the BBAS crew in 2014 and beyond.


Dec 30, 2013

Video: Skanks - "Thank God"

Japanese beatmaker and French resident Kyo Itachi linked with emcee Skanks (the rap martyr) for a track and video from the upcoming album "The Shinigami Flowfessional". Catching a throwback vibe with the backbeat, Skanks spends his verses giving thanks to the powers that be for blessing him with the skills and musical talent he shares in the song. Nice little heat rock to start he weak off and help close the year 2013. Stay tuned for more from this camp in the months to come.