PENCIL FINGERZ PRESENTS HIS PORTRAITS IN “ALL MY CREATIONS”

Pencil Fingerz first caught our attention with his renderings of celebrated rappers and influential figures of our time. He’s been working hard, building up a roster of rapper clients, who are fans of his drawings, done by Wacom tablet. He put on his exhibit “All My Creations” at Fortune Sound Club, and we were treated to an up close look at his art over the past few years.

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Yelawolf is one of PENCIL FINGERZ longest collaborators. The pair have worked on the Slumadian and Slumerican Made your posters, and merchandise. A drawing of Yelawolf, his middle finger prominently on display during Pencil Fingerz art show in Vancouver.

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It’s been less than a year since Pencil Fingerz moved from rural Chilliwack, to Vancouver, and he’s been busy making moves since. His first art show in the city, marked his presence as a Vancouver artist, and it was touchingly well attended by friends and family who came out to show love for their hometown boy.

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Check out review of his debut Vancouver show on Episode 36 of TSG:OA

 

 

Neph and Prevail on Alpha and Omega

Neph and Prevail have a working relationship that took 25 years to foster.

It’s a unique situation, the uncle/nephew duo are at different places in their music careers and in their personal lives. Prevail’s navigated a successful career as a solo artist and as part of Swollen Members. His music catalogue is extensive, a plethora of (profanity free) well thought out rhymes, and a depth and knowledge that can only come out of living life outside of your comfort zone. He writes music without using popular crutches (money, women, violence) in a way that is accessible to the listener, but forces each to form their own conclusions about his verses.

In a way, he’s the perfect mentor for Neph, who’s new to hip hop in comparison. Neph grew up leading a parallel life to his uncle. They’re both Victoria Island boys that moved over to Vancouver to pursue music. Neph could have been tempted to rap about trendy things as it seems to be a surefire way to mainstream success, but instead he’s opted to write only about what he really knows and what comes freely to him, and that’s his saviour from the dilapidated state that mainstream hip hop has become. His verses are raw, they aren’t even flattering to him at times, far from painting himself with bravado; they’re uninhibited reflections of the struggles felt by him and his friends.

It’s this gritty portrayal of his life, set in the streets of Vancouver, that is endearing to listeners. While he and Prevail have completely different vibes and aesthetics, they play well off each other in songs like Viceroy, which showcases their relationship and similar passion for the music. For Neph, music has been his greatest source of self expression (he also draws and makes art) and an way to escape his introverted tendancies.

Prevail is in the position where he doesn’t need to make another record to prove himself. He’s rightfully earned his place in Canadian music, and is purely doing it for the love of the craft. Complacency doesn’t seem to be a word that’s familiar to him though, and that’s probably part of his longstanding relevancy in his genre. So, Alpha Omega is really a fitting title for these two, a collaboration between a novice and veteran, but without any of the power imbalances that it may have. Prevail is just as willing to be the student as he is the teacher, and this keeps their sound at an equilibrium and something that is relatable to many people, who are at different stages in their own journey.

Alpha Omega is dropping soon and we’re excited to hear their voices mesh together on multiple tracks.