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3.31.2010

xXNew Sh!t Newsday - No. 49Xx

The Revolutionary Times - No. 49 "Ctrl-Alt-Obama"

Listen, don't judge us. Tron is friggin' awesome.
...well actually you can judge Sean. Just leave me out of it.
- Brandon.

3.29.2010

xXSMACK! SpeedComics - CMY Xx


Normally April 1st is the day of jokes, but on April 1st, 2010 it will be a day of BARS! Detroit based group Cold Men Young will be releasing their debut album "Champagne Nights & Red Stripe Budget" and I was lucky enough to produce the artwork for the project.

For a sneak peek of the album, here's the MONSTROUS collaboration track between the guys and Street Justice entitled "Cold Justice" (via WHUTUPDOE.COM)

xXIdentical Variant X H.Y.F. EN ENT - Do The Write ThingXx


The I.V. team has joined forced with H.Y.F. En Ent's JaJa Morgan to produced dopeness in tee shirt form just in time for the upcoming "Do The Write Thing" event.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 1515 Broadway the second annual installment of "Do The Write Thing" will take place. Produced by Jaja Morgan; this event showcases Detroit artist through spoken word performances, Hip-Hop, and Comedy.

This is a great atmosphere where people come together to live, love, and laugh in a peaceful environment.

Performances inspired by classic scenes from various Spike Lee films and 80's hip hop. Detroit's hottest poets, comedians, and emcees will be re-imaging dope scenes and songs from one of the greatest time periods and adding their own flavor performing original works.

Performances by Cold Men Young, Mic Write, Heather Jay Henderson,Young Phenom, Mic Larry, Kopelli, Name Tag, Detroit CYDI, Street Justice, JYoung, RenCen Coolbeanz, Jaydun,
Sheefy Mcfly, Ideeyah, Saxappeal and the band. The show will be hosted by Comedian Mic Larry and Spoken word artist Dizmantle with sounds by DJ Sicari.

All performance will be themed or inspired by a scene from various Spike Lee films and other 80's Hip Hop features.
The shirt will be exclusively sold during the event and soon available in the online store soon after. Also, don't forget to check out the NEW merchandise that was JUST put up (including the "PAUSE" tee designed by moi)

3.28.2010

xXThrown Panties: Smack SmongzXx

Upon discovery that Trey Songz recently released video for "Neighbors Know My Name" is like a potent aphrodisiac for all wimmen-folk kind, I decided it was time for a new entry into the "Thrown Panties" series.

So I present to you the crooner Smack Smongz' new album...Spaghetti: The "Yes, There Will Be Sex" Limited Edition (Yes Daniel Day Lewis, if I get a Grammy I will make sure to thank you)

You hear that? That's the sounds of dozens of women figetting in their chairs. They just been Love Smacked.
...no Chris Brown.

xXShowin' Love: Robin A. Collins Presents...Xx

...The Adventures of Batman & Robin




See? This is why it's hard not to fall in love this girl's work. She supports her nerdness and she does it so well. I swear if you don't know about the awesome photography of Robin A. Collins by now I'm going to hit you in the face with a Bat-A-Rang and force you to watch Batman & Robin for four days straight. She's definitely a champ...

...and I'm not just saying that because of the art crush. Honestly.

I'M BATMAN...face

3.24.2010

xXSmack! SpeedComics Vol. 6ix X Se7en - The Smack|Cuts EditionXx

So a while ago, I posted up the chopping block art I did for Rencen Coolbeanz's upcoming album. What I forgot is that I had actually filmed the making of process (on the good computer before it decided to crash on me). So instead of letting them collect dust I thought I'd put them together in the form of a new "SMACK! SpeedComics" video. So here...we...GO!




xXNew Sh!t Newsday - No. 48Xx

The Revolutionary Times - No. 48 "Unemployed Vision"

The Revolutionary Times' animal correspondents finally come face-to-face with the country's lack of employment.

3.20.2010

xXShowin' Love - Flaco ShalomXx

So a while ago, fellow artist Flaco Shalom came to me with a offer - to take his art and his stories and transform them in a 12 part comic strip. So with his pencils, I've been assigned to ink, color, and letter the comic aptly entitled "Undeathable," which all concludes to Flaco's clothing line to be released later this year. And I gotta say, it's a bit different for me. I'm used to working on my work alone so crafting another's to completion makes me understand how a comic inker feels.

Along with the strips Flaco has put together video for each strip to further aid to the impact of the story at hand. And without further adieu, I present to you said story (so far)...







And with that I'm Ghost...face

3.18.2010

xXNew Sh!t Newsday - No. 47Xx

The Revolutionary Times - No. 47 "Gold Man Achievement"

Also in the Oscar race - a reproduction of Apocalypse Now starring Charlie Murhpy and Adam Sandler.

3.10.2010

xXShowin' Love - JYoung The General "Black History Year, Vol. 1"Xx


Why yes, I DID design the cover!

Two night before the release of his new EP (executive produced by Nick Speed) the homie JYoung The General hit me up (well, the best friend/his manager Ketchum did on his behalf) to design the cover for the project. I wanted to reflect the feel of the music so the inclusion of the black power fist and painterly brush stroked Pan-African flag colors. As for the music itself, well I'll let J's nice write-up explain that to you...
Black History Month has ended, but why not have a continuous celebration, even beyond February? A Detroit emcee and Michigan State University journalism graduate, Jahshua “JYoung The General” Smith has spearheaded Black History Year –a series of songs aimed at educating black history in a contemporary, but yet entertaining approach throughout the entire year. JYoung teams up with hip-hop music producer, Nick Speed and clothing line and sponsor, Dangerous Negro Apparel, to promote black history in sets of 365 days instead of 28. Today, JYoung releases the first installment of Black History Year.

"I've been studying black history since I was a teenager, and I know firsthand that there's more than enough information for just 28 days,” said JYoung. “With Black History Year, I want to educate and entertain for twelve months - and hopefully, even more than that.”

JYoung has researched black history since he was a high school student, and he counsels children that have been to jail and prison. After seeing how well many people of all ages respond to music more readily than they do to books or class lectures, he decided to record music that would educate while entertaining at the same time. He approached fellow Detroiter Nick Speed—platinum-certified producer for G-Unit, Talib Kweli and others—and they recorded songs throughout February.

The result is Black History Year, named after a t-shirt campaign by Florida-based clothing line Dangerous Negro Apparel. The first installation begins with “The Meeting (Malcolm Vs. Martin),” a song with Lansing emcee James “P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.” Gardin simulates a face-to-face conversation between black history’s two most storied leaders over a dusty, percussive soundbed. What follows are songs about Kenneth Clark’s “doll study” that investigated self-hate and promoted desegregation, odes to black comedians and the jazzy speakeasies of the 1920s, and poet Phillis Wheatley. The EP ends with “Haitian Fight Song 2010.” The empowering anthem uses a gripping mix of chants, pianos, guitar plucks and poignant lyrics to tell the story of Haiti’s struggle for independence and continued perseverance through tough times.
<a href="http://jyoungthegeneral.bandcamp.com/album/jyoung-black-history-year-installment-one">The Meeting (Malcolm Vs. Martin) (feat. P.H.I.L.T.H.Y.) (prod. Nick Speed) by JYoung The General</a>

DOWNLOAD THE EP HERE

xXNew Sh!t Newsday - No. 46Xx

The Revolutionary Times - No. 46 "All Eyez On Health Care"

The Revolutionary Times' animal correspondents take a trip to President Obama's Health Care Summit to politic with the mascots of both the Democrats and Republicans.

3.03.2010

xXNew Sh!t Newsday - No. 45Xx

The Revolutionary Times - No. 45 "The Highlander Relief"

In another life, Sean was actually Sean MacLeod and Quincy Jones was The Kurgan.

And for your listening pleasure to complete the comic strip experience...

3.02.2010

xXChampagne x BeatsXx

Cold Men Young - Champagne Nights/Red Stripe Budget DP
I've been designing a few album/mixtape covers since I graduated, and this one of the first projects (the first being the Detroit CYDI joint). Come April, the group known for their BARS! is getting ready to release their project (or DP "Digital Play" as they refer to it) Champagne Nights/Red Stripe Budget out for the people. And since they are IV approved, they hit me up a couple months back to see if I wanted to design a cover for them. I'm a fan so of course the answer was yes. So since Mic Write, the "Luda" of the group (HA!) dropped the cover this week I decided it was good to go on the blog as well...

The album is expected to drop on April 1st, and no that's no joke. Well, if BARS! is jokes then this about to be the "In Living Color" of Detroit hip-hop. (Ha, I made a funny).

Also, the crew JUST released their "Jackin' for Beats" mode version of the Gorillaz single "Stylo" entitled "Off My Chest" that you can take a listen to here:
<a href="http://coldmenyoung.bandcamp.com/track/off-my-chest-gorillaz-cover">OFF MY CHEST [GORILLAZ COVER] by Cold Men Young</a>
Re:Definition - Searching For The Perfect Beat

Along with the music tip, here's the flyer I designed for this month's Re:Definition show in East Lansing. The show, happening this Wednesday, is headlined by producer Nick Speed (G-Unit, Danny Brown, etc) and involves a 12-Man beat battle where the winner of it all gets a very nice cash prize. So if you're out in the East Lansing area, put the red cup down and head out to Mac's Bar and get some good music in your veins.

...and then AFTERWARDS you can get your red cup back and party over at MSU. I would do it...if I had a red cup handy.