Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tupac Tribute

Apparently Issac finally admits he shot Tupac.

"I want to apologize to his [Tupac's] family and for the mistake I did for that sucker [Rosemond]," Dexter Isaac told today (June 15), on the eve of Tupac's 40th birthday.

2pac & Nas - Thugz Mansion - MyVideo
Every corner, every city
There's a place where life's a little easy
Little Hennessy, laid back and cool
Every hour, cause it's all good
Leave all the stress from the world outside
Every wrong done will be alright (I wanna go)
Nothin but peace (I wanna go) love (I wanna go nigga)
And street passion, every ghetto needs a thug mansion

I remember back in '97 bumping this super loud on repeat, in my black honda accord two door coupe, on the way to Wakkos funeral. His name was John, I'm pretty sure, I'm surprised I still remember. I ditched my AP tests that day. I tried to go back and demand the tests I paid for but the librarian wouldn't give them to me.

Oakland baby!

and we'll end with something a little more wholesome...

This dude was dope. What a shame, would've been 40 today. The know how there are those songs that you associate with a certain time in your life - this was straight up my high school years. L.A. 213. These songs would definitely take up at lot of track space in the sound track of my life right there in between like 1994 - 1997. I was traveling in Australia back in 2002 I went to see the movie Biggie and Tupac and I walked out of the film feeling all crazy, kind of depressed, sentimental, a little disturbed.. I remembering trying to explain it to a girl at the hostel, I was spewing out nonsense, she had no sympathy, I guess she didn't get it, I didn't really get it, I recall thinking she probably thinks I'm nuts. Looking back and I didn't realize it then but I know now exactly what it was: nostalgia, along with the subject of the movie it brought back the bittersweet feelings associated with memories (but not the memories themselves) of my teenage years lived out on the streets of L.A.

Here is it: the Best of Tupac. I did all the dirty work for you now all you gotta do is the greatest hip hop artist ever. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Small Painting

Done on a pretty small old canvas. 12 x 6. the details in the face I did with some really cheap crayola color pencils in found in the dumpster. No wonder they threw them out but worked for me, better in fact than some really expensive old prisma colors I had, go figure..Well, I bet the prisma work real nice on paper and the crayolas suck. One mans junk is anothers treasure, I'm a firm, firm believer. Because I used canvas the fat pencil tip wouldnt get down past the textured canvas which is why there's the gritty look, it's not just crap pixilation. But I used watercolor washes to put in some flesh tones and smooth out the gritty. Can't go wrong with Pelikan colors, expensive but worth it for sure. I need to go back and get more colors, more options, more flair. And I just used a gel ink black pen for the eyes, super black and clean, perfect for that. In the background, I used cheapo art store brand acrylic for the yellow, had to do a thousand layers, the paint sucked, doesnt stick to the surface, it basically crumbles on and you have to kind of squash it on there. The finished product was nasty. The Liquitex medium magenta went on smooth, like peanut butter, it just feels good, for some of the rays I only needed one layer, a second just for good measure. An universe of difference. Too bad I'm stuck with a crate load of crap art store brand acrylics that I got when I was a broke ass art student. I never skimp on materials anymore, it pays to pay. My advice to you.