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Tiffology’s Art: E&J

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In April or May of last year, I had finally gotten around to listening to the Dag Savage debut album (a full year after its release), titled E&J. I knew that I was going to love this album when I heard the second track, called “For Old Time’s Sake”. Johaz comes in with a fearless attitude, raw honesty, and even some vulnerability on this song, because he digs deep to share personal history–the good and the bad–with his listeners, in efforts to let us into his world and what’s shaped him into who he is today. He highlights life events in chronological order, by sharing stories about getting jumped, being molested, having sex for the first time, family problems, getting arrested, getting no love in his city, being a father, and more. I love when a musician, or anyone really, has the strength to go beyond the surface level of their life in their life’s work. Not to mention, this is the first song on the album (I was playing it in order, of course) where I was just wholly captivated by his vivid storytelling and lyricism. So fresh; I was a fan instantly. Exile‘s production is hot, too, of course; dusty, head-nodding drums, chunky brass bits, a bold piano taking the lead, cuts in all the right places… there is no wrong with this one. If I were rating this song, it’d get a 10/10.

Tiffology’s Art: So Dam-FunKy

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Hey, everyone. Not too long ago, Tiffny and I have decided that we are not only going to write about you/musicians/other artists/etc on here (and sharing things that we think are awesome), but we are also going to be sharing things that personally involve us and own endeavors as well. At least, we are going to try to do that a little more often. For example, we each have our own categories under Art (Tiffny’s Art and Tiffology’s Art), where we will be showcasing our digital art and such (oh what, you didn’t know we get down on the artistic front, too?!). We will likely be adding more categories and cool things that pertain to the two/each of us as time progresses (Tiffny’s photography, perhaps), but just thought I’d give you a little heads up since I didn’t really mention that when I shared my Brown Bag AllStars vector series with you awhile back.

The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats (part 3)

Good morning, readers! I am proud to announce that the third part in my The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats compilation series is out TODAY. If you aren’t familiar with this concept compilation series that I have curated, let me briefly explain what it is.

As an 80’s baby and a child of the 90s, I read the Goosebumps books as a kid and, boy, did a lot of them scare me. In my years, I’ve also seen all of The Twilight Zone episodes, and continue to watch the series when it marathons during holidays. Similarly, they are really cool, innovative creations that tell tales involving themes of horror, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, comedy and beyond–they take your mind into strange and scary situations that are based on dream and reality.

Tiffology’s Art: Brown Bag AllStars vector series

As a fan of the individual artists within the Brown Bag AllStars hip hop crew, I wanted to express my love for their music by doing vectors of each of them. Over the course of a few weeks, and after gathering reference photos of the guys, I unveiled each finished piece, via my social sites, as they were completed. I decided that I should post it here, too. I had fun creating these, and I’m really happy with the final pieces. Check them out below, if you haven’t already seen them!

CrayonBeats Random Giveaway Winners/Prizes

We recently had the whim to give away a bunch of stickers and some artwork to a few of  our readers and followers on our different social media profiles. The giveaway was totally unplanned and in order to win, you just had to comment or tell us you wanted some stickers! Now that we’ve finished the artwork and mailed off the stickers, I thought it would be cool to show you guys the artwork of our winners from each network. Each winner got a pack of CRAYONBEATS stickers and two pieces of digital art from both Tiffology and myself. Check out the artwork below!

Eyes On The Unseen Series: Kap Kallous (2015)

Today, I present to you a new CrayonBeats photo series, called Eyes On The Unseen. This series will take you (the viewer) beyond any ordinary photo that one might capture at a music artist’s show, from the crowd perspective, and into the music artist’s world when they are off the stage. Your eyes will get an all-access pass into what happens before, during, and after their show. Anything is likely to happen, depending on the artist. To go along with each shoot, I will also be creating a unique vector art piece to go along with it, inspired by the shoot and the artist’s music. I hope you enjoy this series that my friend (and photographer) Nick and I came up with.

The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats (Part 2) compilation!

Happy Halloween, misfits! I have a treat for you all – The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats (Part 2) is here! If you were around for the first one (released in 2012), then you don’t need much explanation. Like the first installment, this is a concept compilation where I personally reached out to a handful of music artists, asking them if they wanted to get down on this creative writing challenge. They each chose a story from either The Twilight Zone television series or the Goosebumps books, and then they were tasked to write/record a brand new song that was inspired by their chosen story. Awesome, right?!

Jake Palumbo – “Curtain Jerker” compilation

New York-based producer, emcee, and music engineer Jake Palumbo (@JakePalumbo) released a compilation called Curtain Jerker, on his birthday, on September 24th. Similar to his third full-length album (Jobber to the Stars), this project’s title is another reference to professional wrestling. “Curtain Jerker” is a backstage wrestling term for the first wrestler that walks into the ring, in the very first match. Jake said that this is his sarcastic way of describing his place in the so-called rap game.

Gajah – “Poverty’s Prodigy (Remixed)” album

In April, Gajah released a very dope album, titled “Poverty’s Prodigy“. On November 27th, he returned with “Poverty’s Prodigy (Remixed)“. You can guess what it consists of, right? There are 9 of the 14 original tracks that were reworked by Mute Speaker, Graves33, Agartha Audio, Bee Ampersand, Bornagen Baldwin, EQ, Dmn Slyr, and Duke Westlake. It’s almost like a brand new album, with the different and refreshing vibes you’ll hear in comparison to the originals. It’s available to download with the name-your-price option; it can be free, or you can donate towards future Acid Lab releases. You make the choice.

Stream it and download it below. And guess what, I designed the cover art!

CrayonBeats Presents Vol. 5: “The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats”

If you’ve been keeping up with us, you’ll know that this year we’ve released a couple of concept compilations. In February, we dropped our love-and-heartache themed compilation, titled “Love… This Might Hurt“. Then, Tiffny and I decided to each take on a compilation, where we’d be handling separate projects. In September, Tiffny dropped the stellar “Girls Named Tiffany“, featuring ladies named… Tiffany. Yup! You should understand why. Stream and download both of those, and our previous volumes, if you missed them. No, really, go do it!

Our last compilation this year is volume number five. Put together entirely by me, CrayonBeats presents “The Monsters Are Due on CrayonBeats“. The title is a play on an episode of The Twilight Zone. However, this compilation features two different themes — The Twilight Zone (episodes) and Goosebumps (books).