The Impossible Kid @aesoprockwins #HIPHOP

It should be no surprise that I'm a fan of Aesop Rock.  He's the type of hip hop artist that can rap about drawing or painting and I buy it.  Sometimes artists try really hard to be the creative outcast, but most times, they aren't successful (not Aesop Rock).  Since None Shall Pass, Aesop Rock released Skelethon, a few collaboration projects including Lice with Homeboy Sandman and now The Impossible Kid.  The visual artists that created the album art for the last three projects were Jeremy Fish (None Shall Pass and Lice), Aryz (Skelethon) and now Alex Pardee (The Impossible Kid).  Album art says a lot about a project and I follow the work of all three of these artists.

The Impossible Kid was produced by Aesop Rock who has been developing his signature producing skills since I first realized he produced a significant number of his tracks back on the Felt 3 project with Slug and Murs.  Def Jux days had Aesop Rock rapping over El-P and Blockhead beats here and there, but if you've heard those projects, the vibes can be dark, sometimes melancholy and also heavy hitters.  The Impossible Kid isn't as melancholy or dark, but there is still a undercurrent of eerie sounds that make it a continuation of Aesop Rock's overall body of work while reaching into new directions.

Speaking of Aesop Rock's production credits, there is another project that was just released with Blueprint called Vigilante Genesis.  Make sure to check it out as well via the link below.   Vigilante Genesis EP on BandCamp  

 

Ronin

Source: https://i1.sndcdn.com/artworks-00014753382...

Fulvio Di Piazza

 

Fulvio Di Piazza 

Roughly a year ago, I went to a show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC and I was lucky enough to see an exhibition of Fulvio Di Piazza.  His style is like a new surrealism that takes landscape paintings and transforms it with a combination of scale, texture, composition and lighting.  One of the most amazing things to experience by looking at Fulvio Di Piazza's work is variation in scale.  You have to stand close up to a 8 foot wide painting to see that there is a fuzzy, oil painted texture.  And if you walk back about 10 feet, you see these incredibly detailed, meticulously crafted compositions of animals, human busts, landscape elements like volcanoes, etc.  All of the larger forms are broken down into elements of the natural landscape as well.  Seeing the incredible images online is only really half of the experience of Fulvio Di Piazza's artwork.  If you will only see these paintings online, they're still amazing, interesting and masterful.

 

 

 

Ronin

Soft Focus by Vanilla

Soft Focus, Vanilla  2012

If you love instrumental hip hop like I do, then it doesn't matter when the project was released.  There are so many producers out there, I think it's important to put the really talented one's out there to give them the recognition they deserve.  It's  not the glamorous side of hip hop but it's where most of the creativity is in the culture.  Vanilla is one of those artists that you will want to keep tabs on.  I've been listening to this project, Soft Focus for over a year now and it's still as dope as it was when I first heard it.  If you draw or do something creative and you need music to pass the time, this is the type of music that will definitely pull your attention away from your zone from time to time.  But if you let it add to the whole zone, then you'll see what I mean.  There's such high production value and a great flow to the project overall.  Make sure to check it out and download it from Bandcamp!

soundcloud.com/vanilla

Ronin

#BRTHAN8TN TRACK NO. 14 @PAPERTIGERDTR

papertiger1_electro #BRTHAN8TN TRACK NO. 14 @PAPERTIGERDTR

Track No. 14 comes from the Minneapolis native, Paper Tiger who now lives in Brooklyn.  He's one component of Doom Tree, a Midwest hip hop collective that also includes Dessa, Mike Mictlan, POS, Lazerbeak and Cecil Otter.  I first heard of him a few years ago on Okayplayer and I've kept an eye out for him since.  He also is the featured producer on F. Stokes' recently released album called, Fearless Beauty.  F. Stokes is an upcoming emcee who I recently photographed performing at an industry event in NYC.  Anyway, for music fans that appreciate high quality production, make sure to support Paper Tiger's music, especially his latest project call Summer.  As a matter of fact, he's DJ'ing an art show/party tonight with Eric Inkala, an artist/painter originally from Minneapolis, now living in Brooklyn!  Bushwick to be exact......

 

Paper Tiger can be found at Doomtree.net or @papertigerDTR

 

Ronin