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Graffiti: Bencher’s Union 2012 Erie, Pa

Bencher’s Union is an annual Hip Hop Showcase in Erie, Pa. Higher Level Art helped organize a graffiti mural that stretches from Peach Street to Sassafrass St and the Bridges at the event. Looks like IOK, PBJ, RA, NSF, MUL, ESE  and a few others participated.

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Columbus Graffiti & Jay Swifa “Fall In Love” Dilla Remake

Two random, unrelated but good things I found on the net. First is this little  PBJ/IOK/DROIDS/3WA jammie. (above).

Jay Swifa of Fly Union put this remake of Slum Village’s  ”Fall In Love” on his soundcloud to pay tribute to J. Dilla. (below)


MP3: Chozin Beats (Feat P.Blackk and Lxe For The Uncool) “Ohio Classic”


“Classic” burner by AREL

MP3: Ohio Classic

Chozin Beatz (ft P. Blackk & Lxe For the Uncool)

Dope beat. Two elite Columbus Emcee’s? What could be better?

Higher Level Art’s Mindblowing Mural at the 2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival

The above video has the good dudes over at Higher Level Art doing a pretty fresh performance piece at this year’s Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

During the duration of the 10-day festival they create a mural goes through a zillion stages of graffiti.. Starting from tags, then moved on to fill-ins to rollers to a full scale production to eventually a layering of a buffed wall after getting dicked.

The only way this mural is completely enjoyed is through this video.

Read the full-description here.

RIP HEIST

Columbus Hip Hop Videos: Zerostar “72 Dolphins” & Path614 “Floating Away”

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Zerostar82 drops “72 Dolphins” from his upcoming EP  Don’t Look Now.

This is another GRMM Hensley Video Production.

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Interview: Michael Carney Talks About the Grammy Award Winning Packaging of the Black Keys Album Brothers


(Photo from www.Grammy.Com)

The Black Keys’s art director Michael Carney won a Grammy for the packaging of the the Black Keys’s album Brothers. The Black Keys also won Grammy’s for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals.

I interviewed Michael Carney back in December for an article that I wrote in the Other Paper when he was initially nominated.

Here is the full interview where Mike talks about what is unique about Brother’s packaging, CCAD, Columbus, and more.

Where were you when you found out you were nominated officially?

I was in my apartment in Fort Greene with my friend Mike Swen refreshing the Grammy’s website when my brother called and told me.

Are you going to the ceremony?

Yes.

What was the last official ceremony that you have been to?

I guess graduation from Art School, unless a Trey Songs concert counts.

In this age of downloading…what role do you think art direction plays in what gets purchased, and what gets downloaded?

I have found in the past few years larger labels are actually willing to go over the top when it comes to packaging. It seems like right now it is really easy to get people to listen to your music, but to get people to actually buy it is a whole different story. There are so many bands that seem like they are huge because they get tons of press, but they don’t actually sell any records.

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Higher Level Art Show at the Milk Bar Tonight

Higher Level Art is throwing an art show at the Milk Bar tonight 5-10 pm.
On the low, this art show has some really internationally famous artists involved.
On the er Higher Level uhm, here are links to Higher Level Art’s mural welcoming T.O. to the Bengals and their Paint the Street Art Project.
Johnny Cashola and DJ Detox will provide the music.
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CCAD Graduate Michael Carney Nominated For a Grammy For Work With The Black Keys


Mike Carney is from Akron, but between his time at CCAD and work with Columbus Discount Records, Weedsteeler, and art collectives like 3CB/PBJ/BSA, Carney definitely was huge part of Columbus.

The Black Keys got 4 Grammy Nominations in all.

from the Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Black Keys, the blues-rock duo featuring Akron natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, received Grammy Award nominations in four categories, including best alternative music album for their latest release, “Brothers.”

The nominations were announced as part of an hour-long CBS special from Club Nokia in Los Angeles that featured performances by nominees such as Mars, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Train and Miranda Lambert. Winners will be announced on Feb. 13.
The Black Keys’ single “Tighten Up” is in the running for best rock song and best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals, while “Mud” is nominated for best rock instrumental performance.

Carney’s brother, Michael Carney, was nominated in the best recording package category for his art direction on “Brothers.”

Photos: The Godz @ The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

Someday I will write story of Columbus graffiti’s roots in Biker rock. Untill then here are some candid pictures of Columbus, Ohio Biker rock legends The Godz.

Eric Moore is my close friend Alex Moore’s dad.

I was unable to go to the November 5th show but another one of our friends, B , caught some candid pictures of the The Godz at the LC and also hanging out out at the Carabar after the show.

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Ohio Graffiti Not in Ohio + MP3s of Huey, Lil Wayne, Jayz, Rick Ross, Paul Wall, Raekwon, Jay Electronica,Yelawolf

MP3:Huey f Lil Wayne Another Planet
MP3:Rick Ross – Free Mason (Feat. Jay-Z & John Legend)
MP3:Paul Wall-Live It (Ft Raekwon Jay Electronica Yelawolf)

Ohio Graffiti writers in Oakland, Asia, Erie Pa + More.
Rick Ross and Jayz address Freemason rumors. I’m way into Rick Ross’ verse. Shit he was already a prison guard, and took his name from the drug kingpen that sold crack unknowlingly for the CIA to help fund the contras.
Why not be a free mason?
Jay-z uses the song to call people that thought he was an operative of Satan morons.

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