Adorning the walls in my home office are framed posters of some of my favorite rappers and groups; tour posters from Atmosphere, Brother Ali’s promotional materials, illustrations from Aesop Rock’s Impossible Kid, the now-classic Run the Jewels gun and fist motif, or an ad from Tech N9ne’s Absolute Power days. I have more Doomtree posters than I have space on my wall, whether it be the collective itself or solo acts like P.O.S or Sims. But, there’s one group I haven’t been able to find any merchandise for and it’s a group I love ever so dearly: The Seattle/Chicago collaboration of Onry Ozzborn and Zavala, Dark Time Sunshine. Turns out I had an extra frame laying around and some spare time, so I set out to fix this poster-sized hole in my heart:
This was a fun experiment into layer masking in Illustrator and transforming simple, geometric shapes in an entire scene. I’ve never really made anything of this scope before and I had a blast doing it. If you’re at all interested in seeing some of the process, I’ve outlined this in another post.
If you like drawings of rappers, I’ve got you covered.
This has been my big 2013 project: 9 portraits of some of my favorite rappers.
Here we have Slug (from Atmosphere), MF Doom, Aesop Rock, P.O.S, El-P, Brother Ali, Prof, Danny Brown, and Tech N9ne. Click the the thumbnails below for additional detail and typographic fun!
A long, long time ago, back in July, Boston rapper HW, released a solo album. Wall Papered Exit Wounds is a mix of catchy beats and some pretty personal lyrics. I recommend that anyone with even so much as a passing interest in hip hop give it a listen. The album is available in a few formats, such as the popular, ethereal digital download. But! If you’re into the analog lifestyle, you can order a physical compacted disk, which comes with a bonus poster and lyrics sheet! The double-sided poster might be one of the finest things I have ever laid eyes on, but I might be biased because I made it.
If you take a look around HW’s merch, you might also find a t-shirt or two that look somewhat familiar? I’d recommend you buy them all. Also be sure to check out HW when he opens for Astronautalis and the Flobots on October 19, in Cambridge, MA.
March’s monthly poster comes a little early. A few months ago, thanks to the magic of Twitter, I met up with local Boston rapper, HW. I was trying to get tickets to see the Doomtree show in Cambridge, but I was annoyed that even the venue’s site was charging a 50% fee per ticket. I didn’t want to organize an evening out just to get turned away at the door, so I did what any man would do; I mentioned something about it on Twitter. Turns out HW was opening for the show! He responded to me, hooked me up with a free song, and sold me 5 tickets are the door price. Every now and then, we would chat on Twitter and this somehow evolved into me making the logo, t-shirt, and poster for his March tour with Jessie Dangerously and Shane Hall!
The Break a Branch Off the Crazy Tree and Beat Your Dick to Death With It Tour!
Show times can be found here. Be sure to check out HW’s site. He has a few songs available for download! #raplife