"Historically, artists painted the court and the aristocracy. I'm the court painter of hip-hop -- the artists are that important." So says Justin BUA, the hip-hop generation artist who celebrates the release of his new book The Legends of Hip-Hop with a signing session at Booksmith this Friday starting at 6 p.m. The scratch wizard Qbert will also be in attendance, providing the sounds to accompany BUA's art. So ahead of BUA's book launch, we got him to run down his five favorite illustrated hip-hop album covers.
5. Snoop Doggy Dogg, Doggystyle
"I think this album cover was actually done by his cousin. For me, obviously it's not a great painting, and it's super obvious that the guy is definitely not a great artist -- but it's iconic. It's naive, super simplistic, not painterly, and there's no control of temperature, but the illustration just felt right to me. My first reaction when I saw it was, first, jealously, like, 'How come I didn't get to do that cover art?' Then it was, 'What, is this done by a four-year-old?!' The third, though, after time went on, was, 'Okay, this just feels right.' It fits the vibe."
Whatever you have to do, whoever you are, whether you like modern art or not, get behind this Misfits-inspired image as the new logo for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and be a force for radness in the world:
Anyone at Stern Grove on July 3? (Yes, duh.)
Anyone notice anything different about the arms of alt-country singer and cult figure Neko Case?
Well, we did. Case, you see, recently got large tattoos on each of her forearms. As the picture above indicates, they're quite noticeable, even from a distance. The right one says "Scorned as Timber," while the left reads "Beloved of the Sky."
So what do they mean? That's what we're here to tell you!