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summer madness

Posted in design, hiphop with tags on 08/29/2012 by g00ba

I recently had the chance to do a mix-tape layout for DC the Midi, far and away the best underground hip-hop producer in New England. I’d list the type of MC’s he has collaborated with over the past decade, but it’s pretty much everybody worth a damn on the east coast and beyond. Check out his discography yourself, over at his website. Def an honor to provide artwork for a member of the East Coast Avengers.

Download it right HERE. Don’t be stupid.

I cut out all the elements, minus the text, in construction paper with a exacto knife. There is only gonna be about 100 physical disc copies pressed up, so good luck getting one of those!!!

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enter the wu-phabet (26 chambers)

Posted in art, design, hiphop, progression with tags , on 06/28/2011 by g00ba

I haven’t created an original font from the ground up in quite awhile, but I’ve had this idea rolling around in my brain for about a month. Of all the logos in the world, the Wu-Tang logo has to be one of the most distinctive and badass logos of all-time. Not just in rap music, but in everything, period. That bold W is just immediatly recognisable, and dammit, it just looks cool. So I wanted to make a whole alphabet built around that logo, and it took some effort, but here it is.

The project took a bit longer than I thought it would, but it was worth it. Now I can write out any word I want in little Wu-tangs. Like Wu-tang.

Or just any random word that pops into your head, like Fluffernutter.

Please do not use the Wu-phabet without either my, or Bobby Digital’s expressed consent. Continue reading for a peek at some of the stages it took to get this thing finished.

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How It’s Made: Firepower 4 Edition

Posted in design, hiphop, progression with tags , on 10/19/2010 by g00ba

So the latest iteration of the Firepower mixtape series has been in the works for some time now, and it’s finally completed and ready to be unleashed for public consumption.

The album has an overall feeling of barbaric force to it, so I wanted the album artwork to reflect that, while also blazing territory not typically traversed visually by rap albums. As I think I’ve mentioned a few times, I can’t help but pop in the occasional ManOWar/Iron Maiden/Helloween CD from time to time. I don’t usually listen to a lot of metal, but every once in a great while, I get the urge. This project seemed like a perfect opportunity to pay homage to one of my favorite album covers, while also making something new that was eye catching enough to make somebody take notice no matter their musical preferences. I mean just look at this classic metal cover and try to tell me it isn’t badass. Try! It’s like crazy 80’s metal testosterone overload.

I wanted to replicate the overall aesthetic of this cover, but at the same time adding my own elements and doing it all from scratch. Just below here is our version in all its glory. Like Nabo Rawk said upon glimpsing the cover, “It’s like He-Man, Thundercats, and Conan the Barbarian all rolled into one!” I couldn’t have described it better.

I saved the project at various points, so I could track the progress. If you find talk of vectors, typography, and texture overlays boring, then proceed at your own risk. If it sounds like a grand old time then ask yourself, how does it feel to be a huge dork? I kid I kid, continue on for a step by step process of making Firepower 4… Continue reading

Digital Graffiti

Posted in graffiti, hiphop with tags on 12/07/2008 by g00ba

More tablet work…

graffilthy

And some good ol fashion markers. Bottom one is a collab with Ape.





dancedance revolution

Posted in hiphop with tags , on 09/27/2008 by g00ba

Last weekend I went on a bit of a hiphop event marathon. First off was the MC battle on Thursday which had the mighty Ape defending his freestyle crown. One could call into question the judging of the event, but in the end Ape still ripped a few kids, and a good time was had by all. The Nabo Rawk performance was larger than life as always. I also managed to score a poster of the upcoming Teched Out Neanderthals which is going to be super good.

On Saturday was The Maine Event fund raiser which was pretty much a bboy/bgirl convention. I also met a lot of graff artists, and filled out my blackbook a bit. The event featured a thousand dollar prize popping competition, and a two thousand dollar 2 on 2 breaking battle. The popping competition was absolutely dominated by Lady Beast, whose talent is not of this world. I wish I had video from that event, but for now this will have to do.

Lady Beast

The 2 on 2 competition was an epic battle, YAK vs United Outkast. While both groups were vastly talented, the crowd was in a bit of a shock when the prize went to YAK. It seemed as if United Outkast had sealed the deal when the judging panel called for a tie breaker round. Sweet Lu brought his A game, but in the end, the judges saw it a bit differently. The nature of competition is to put forth your best effort, and let your skills speak for themselves. It would have been easy for United Outkast to be angry. It would have been easy for them to be poor sports. But instead of dwelling on the negative, we all went straight to Milly’s in Manchester where they proceeded to tear the place down to the ground.

There was already a good crowd gathered for LB’s birthday, but nobody was prepared for a bboy team of such a high caliber. Their performance trumped any breaking I had seen earlier that day, and to top it off they did it on the stickiest floor I’ve ever set foot on. From Maine, to New Hampshire in one night, United Outkast represented very well. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Lu and Combo after the madness that was Saturday, and we got to sit back, relax and play some NES. It was the perfect way to cap off the weekend.

Watch the video for a sample of what the entire group has to offer.

United Outkast