Saturday, February 11, 2012

Str8 from the Underground

This post is for all my people who love dope lyrics and hard rhymes. Some of the MC's below were considered underground in the beginning of their careers, and as time progressed they became excepted by the mainstream. 

I'm a fan of all types of music from commercial to avant-garde, but my favorite is underground Hip-Hop. Its the one style of music that still speaks for the hungry, disenfranchised artist trying to get their music heard. In allot of ways it can be considered the pulse of the street and heart of Hip-Hop

Below is a video by one of my favorite members of D.I.T.C. (Diggin In The Crates) A.G.. He is one of those MC's who, year after year keeps spittin sickness like he has a virus. For those who don't know D.I.T.C. was also home to Showbiz, Big L and Fat Joe. There are also videos from Pace Won, The Grouch & Eligh, Film Skool Rejekts, Crooked I, Jus Allah, and DU from the Outsidaz.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Fantasy Art

I came across the art of Susan Seddon Boulet (1941 - 1997) by chance while looking for a postcard for my Grandmother. There is something ethereal and majestic in her paintings. Susan loved folk and fairy tales as a child in Brazil and the influence of those stories is reflected in her art.

A lot of her paintings use First Nation (Native American) imagery. I call them first nation because the natives were in America and Canada long before Columbus and his goons arrived and exterminated everyone. 

Susan developed a distinctive style characterized by using rainbow bright colors to paint Shamans, Fairies and Goddesses where dream-like forms emerged. She would blend these mythological creatures with wolves, deer, eagles and other animals in complex layers of oil and pastels resulting in beautiful images.

Susan Seddon-Boulet is widely accredited as one of the founders of the visionary art movement. She died in her Oakland, Ca home April 28, 1997 after a long struggle with cancer. She was fifty-five years old. Below is a small selection her art. If you want to know more about the artist or see more of her amazing paintings go to website by clicking the link.