MCs Act Like They Dont Know--Covers and Remixes vol.1
Acrylic with rhinestones on wood. 2009.
MC's Act Like They Don't Know, (borrowed from a KRS-ONE song of the same title) is much more than simply graffiti for art's sake. It speaks to the feigned ignorance of so-called Hip Hop cultural icons, and the literal and figurative bling that they promote at the expense of innocents who are exploited slave, bleed, and die for the luxury of others.
Covers and Remixes vol. 1: Ready to Live is a series of paintings that play with the imagery conjured in my imagination by titles and concepts of popular songs. The covers simply illustrate what I envision when I hear a certain lyric, verse or song. The remixes illustrate my ideas of alternative, and sometimes, more positive/useful perspectives the way I would've rocked certain lyrics or verses. In this way, I salute the ritual of battling, an important aspect of Hip Hop culture, because the audience is always waiting for the next one (MC, b-boy, or graffiti artist) to come with more bigger, better, smarter faster, more boastful, and above all new. Some paintings are both covers and remixes, and some are even remixes of actual CD cover art. I consider myself a Hip Hop Artist, with visual fine arts as an area of endeavor. With that in mind, the approach I have taken to this series is a testament to the business & marketing creativity of Hip Hop's legacy and potential, as much as it is a social commentary and historical record. While each piece in this series may have deeper meaning for those who are familiar with its musical inspiration, the viewing experience remains personal, and these works indeed resonate with diverse audiences.