artists L to R: Derrick Phillips Sr, Justin Anderson and Goldi Gold
So I’m mad late, but you I know I gotta share the arts with you all! P.A.C. (Popular Art Culture) was a showcase of Tupac-inspired artworks. It coincided with his forty-sixth birthday and the release of All Eyez on Me. Did anyone see it? Thoughts? Are you a Tupac fan? I’m a fan, not hardcore, but he jams. I have a few t-shirts. I had a few of his albums back when, before my old laptop got stolen. And I grew up listening to his music so I can rap along with a few bars.
Now, as an adult, I realize he was a strong, necessary force in music. I understand why the powers that be viewed him as a threat that needed handling. His songs transcended color lines and age brackets and I truly believe his voice had enough impact to bring people together and cut the strings from the puppet masters. Or at least awaken the masses + make us think. Tupac was just a good balance of intelligence, “wokeness”, sex appeal, intimidation and street smarts. Although he never reached his peak, he definitely left his mark.
artist: Goldi Gold
artists L to R: Elley, Dee Hudson, Cake
artist: Robert McFarlane
I always enjoy witnessing how one subject can produce a myriad of interpretations. A few artists ventured outside of commonplace paints and pen and utilized broken records and even a repurposed a thin brick options board to birth their vision. The P.A.C. Show illustrated the many facets of Tupac Shakur- from intellect to Bishop the bully to the king and every man in between.
(far right) artist: Michael Johnson
chalk artist: Demayne Ginyard
artist: Fabian Williams
artist: Sachi Rome
artist: Miya Bailey
I loved every piece at The P.A.C. Show, but KD’s dope earrings were all I could afford. For now!
photographer: Truth the Creative
film by Phyllis Iller
Check out the artist lineup (captioned) and search the hashtag #allartonme on Instagram to see more of their work and support! (I’m sure I’ll update this post with all of their url’s, but not today.)
As always, thanks or tuning in.
long live Pac ❤
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I had the pleasure of hearing AND MEETING Shanti last month at a live performance and I just had to share her light with y’all! She is SO beautiful, humble, natural and.. real. And incredibly gifted. I just love her energy. If you can’t tell, she’s using a loop machine to record her voice/the track. I mean, who does that??! She’s magical.
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You guys already know KING is one of my favorite vocal groups. Ever. They are so gifted with such a creative approach to not only their music but the visuals they pair with it. I think the imagery in this video depicts Prince’s untimely death; I see a bit of symbolism that brought me to that conclusion. Someone I know thinks that’s a reach, but it’s a beautiful video, nonetheless. Let me know what you think.
Can you believe it’s been a year already. RIP Prince
Did you peep the lyrics tho??! More more more of this, please!
Wale, me love you long time!
Believe it or not, the youth is listening. This gives me hope! And it jams!
Appetite For Change | Breaking Bread Foods
A few too many ass references, but I’m still over here poppin!