Episode 36: The Birthday episode

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Tune in to part 1 of Episode 36

00:00-4:59 Birthday Song by 2 Chainz ft. Kanye West

5:02-8:16 Celebrate by Anderson Paak

8:17-12:17 Get Uugly by Duckwrth ft. Georgia Ann Muldrow

12:20-17:16 Rare Panther/ Beach House by Duckwrth

17:45-22:05 We both celebrated birthdays in September – under the spell of Mercury Retrograde. We talk about our experiences over the last few weeks, and the ups and downs another year brings.

22:06-23:40 We attended Anderson .Paak‘s “Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals” tour, with special guest Duckwrth. We talk about Anderson .Paak’s musicality, and how he’s more of an entertainer, than a rapper.

23:41- 25:17 Duckwrth has been everywhere lately! Nowness premiered his latest video Rare Panther/ Beach House and he’s toured across North America with Anderson .Paak. We’re so excited for him, and we discuss seeing him perform for the first time.

25:20-31:25 We attended the opening of Witness at the New Media Gallery, and during our time there, we pondered whether electric cats dream of robotic fish?

Tune in to part two of Episode 36

 

00:00-3:09 Violet by Daniel Caesar

3:16-7:07 Death and Taxes by Daniel Caesar

7:33-9:36 We’ve been playing Daniel Caesar on the show since we heard music from his second EP Praise Break. We saw him perform for the first time, and were so excited to hear the music come to life during his performance.

9:46-11:05  Digital artist Pencil Fingerz held an art exhibit showcasing many of his portraits and commissions from hip hop artists. His exhibit was aptly titled “My Creations” and featured works of Frank Ocean and the Underachievers. We discuss checking out his portraits IRL.

11:08 We attended the Vancouver stop of the “Summer Sixteen Tour” featuring Drake, Future, DVSN and Roy Woods. We were most impressed with DVSN’s performance, vocalist has brought the best of ’90s R&B back to life, and it was a nice slow down before Future and Drake turned things back up.

11:18-14:26 Too Deep by DVSN

14:27-19:58 Sept. 5th by DVSN

19:59-24:11 Do It Well by DVSN

24:12 Summer’s Over Interlude by Drake

Summer is over! Tune in to our first fall episode, the Halloween episode on live on October 26 on CiTR 101.9FM in Vancouver. Stream live at citr.ca on the day of the show.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Canadian illustrator Pencil Fingerz is making his mark on hip hop

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(Pencil Fingerz)

The hip hop core community has changed significantly from what it was, during its sudden birth in the ‘70s.  As with all great cultural movements, hip hop evolved as it made it’s way from a niche – a few men beat boxing and emceeing in the streets of South Bronx – to finding a global audience through radio play giving a popular voice to black artists and changing the landscape of music in a way that still resonates today. As Kanye West declares he’s the biggest rockstar on the planet, rap has replaced pop music, brands are shelling big dollars for product placements in songs, and every pop starlet from Ariana Grande to Selena Gomez has sought out a rapper for a feature to edge up their sound.

Hip hop and rap’s ability to connect people through little more than bass and lyrics has attracted lifelong fans (and brands) from different environments and all corners of the planet. Everyone’s trying to cash in on the culture, whether it’s Hillary Clinton dabbing to Fetty Wap on the Ellen show or fast food chains tweeting about rappers feuding online. Social media has made it possible for anybody from all over the world to participate in the culture but true fans of the genre are now able to connect and actually influence their favourite artists. 

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(Andre 3000 drawn by Pencil Fingerz)

One of these lifelong fans is Pencil Fingerz, a digital artist, illustrator and painter who resides in the rural Canadian town of Chilliwack. While his environment is more suited for country music than rap, his portfolio includes: a music video for CJ Fly, tour posters for Yelawolf and Mick Jenkins, and album covers and more for Rittz. One of Pencil Fingerz longest ongoing collaborations is with The Underachievers and was sparked after Issa Gold spotted Pencil’s portrait of Andre 3000, with roses sprouting from his mind. 

Pencil’s exposure to rap began by chance when he first found a stray Eminem CD on the ground. It was that serendipitous moment that ignited a respect for the culture. After Eminem, he fully immersed himself into early 00’s hip hop, and often reflects on this era, with portraits of artists, like Andre 3000 and Big Boi. Since then, he’s honed both his artistry as well as his appreciation for hip hop and has injected himself into the culture, by producing art for some of his favourite artists.

Since meeting Issa online, Pencil has collaborated with The Underachievers to produce covers for their Cellar Door, Evermore: The Art of Duality albums and their latest mixtape, It Happened in Flatbush. Under Issa’s instruction, he’s even drawn himself into the artwork for the latter, shown smiling and laughing, amongst the rest of Issa and AK’s inner circle. Not bad for a young kid working from a small town in Canada.

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(It Happened in Flatbush cover art by Pencil Fingerz)

He’s amassed quite a following on his Instagram, where he posts lifelike portraits of public figures like Chance the Rapper, Will Ferrell, Audrey Hepburn and Pickachu, replete with a blunt in his hand.  With talent, a Wacom tablet, a bit of Photoshop, and a rich portfolio of  illustrations of all the rap gods from the golden era and beyond, Pencil Fingerz has since become quickly sought after, for up and coming artists looking to incorporate his signature pencil drawings into their brand. 

We spoke with Pencil Fingerz, on our radio show and discussed his favourite works, his creative problem solving with Chance the Rapper’s management and his collaboration with Complex magazine.

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(Evermore: The Art of Duality cover art by Pencil Fingerz)