{eargasm friday} – King “The Story”

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It’s been brutally hot so I’m grateful for the occasional cool breeze. “The Story” by King sounds like that moment when the wind swepts across your skin and you know trouble doesn’t last always. This song inspires you to take distant voyages and renew yourself. Check out the super cute video below.

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Eargasm Friday | Sean P! Tribute – Sean Price “Bar-Barian” & 7evenThirty “Hook Heavy” feat. Sean Price

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Back in 2014 my husband, 7evenThirty, was working on his album, The Problem. He was trying to figure out if he wanted to feature another emcee on the project and if so, who. Seemingly out of nowhere, 7even tells me that he landed a Sean Price feature. Look…I really don’t mess with too many rappers nowadays simply because it’s garbage but P! is one of my favorite emcees. Imagine my joy when Sean not only delivered a dope verse for “Hook Heavy” but he also wanted to do a video for the song. I geeked! The whole damn experience was pretty incredible to watch.

Unfortunately, Sean passed away on Friday, August 8th. It was news no one expected to receive. He was a talented, surly, and ridiculous (seriously funny) emcee who could rap most of these cats under a table. Hip hop truly loss a good one when P! transitioned.

I dedicate pics + brushes to Sean today. If grimy, dope hip hop is what you need then peep the vids below. “Bar-Barian” and “Hook Heavy” can get your Friday right.

Duck Down Music, Sean’s record label for over 20 years, released his new album today, Songs in the Key of Price. Cop it here: http://www.duckdown.com/website/store.

They are also raising funds to help support his family during this difficult time. You can make a contribution at http://crowdrise.com/seanp

May peace find his loved ones. {Rest in Power, P!}

Warning: Explicit language, NSFW

Doyle Lane – Ceramist

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1. Mutual Savings and Loan Mural, 1964, clay, 17 × 8 ft.; 2. Small vases or as the artist called them, “weed pots”; 3. Doyle Lane posing with one of his ceramic “paintings”

As much as I love art, I’ve never really paid much attention to ceramics. So out of sheer boredom and curiosity, I decided to research the medium. Low and behold, I find out about Doyle Lane and my love affair begins.

I was immediately attracted to the simple beauty of Lane’s work. But as is the case with most artists, the simplicity is a stamp of mastery. Lane was an innovator who transformed his work from functional pieces such as vases, bowls, and the like to large ceramic ‘paintings” most notably, the mural he created in 1964 for the Mutual Savings and Loan office. The mural consists of thousands of hand formed, fired, and glazed disks intricately placed together on several panels. To glaze the color red is a tricky process yet Lane used the unpredictable results to his advantage, allowing the variations of the color to give the piece depth and richness.

There isn’t much information about Doyle Lane available but what is known is impressive. During a time when representation of black artists was essentially nonexistent in museums and galleries, Lane earned his living as an active artist and maintained a studio in the El Sereno district in Los Angeles. His career speaks to his ingenuity.

Now thanks to Lane’s work, I will no longer turn a blind’s eye to ceramics. I’ll definitely be on the look out to see his work up close and personal!