By Joe Lynch for Billboard | In the comics realm, crossovers are as common as a superhero delivering a cheesy riposte while fighting a bad guy. There are crossovers between titles, universes and even different comic book publishers.
This year, however, saw the ultimate collision of awesome when Marvel met hip-hop via a series of comic covers that paid homage to classic rap albums.
Today, Billboard revealed three new covers in that series. Above, cast your wondering gaze upon Contest of Champions recast as GZA’s cover art for his classic Liquid Swords album (one of the finest solo Wu-Tang Clan outings ever). This cover art was done by Denys Cowan (pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (inks) and Chris Sotomayor (colors), and will be available in October.
Above, see The Mighty Thor rendered as MF Doom & Madlib’s underground masterpiece Madvilliany; below, check out Hercules done in the style of Lil B’s Black Flame mixtape. Theotis Jones created the Lil B art, while Mike Deodato Jr. did the Madvillian homage. Both of those will be on sale in November.
“The outpouring of love from hip-hop fans, global music-centric websites, as well as musical luminaries like Nas, Run the Jewels, Posdnuos, Questlove, DMC, and Pete Rock speaks volumes about the ongoing cross-cultural dialog that prompted these homage covers,” Marvel Comics EIC Axel Alonso tells Billboard. “That dialog will only increase as readers get the full picture of Marvel’s offerings in the coming year, and see what lurks beneath the covers.”
Joel Stones is bringing record store Tropicalia in Furs, from NYC to Los Angeles for a 2-day popup shop at Rappcats
Sat & Sun, July 25-26, 12-8 PM
Rappcats, 5636 York Blvd, L.A. CA 90042.
“I will bring tons of Brazilian records, 45s, LPs, some jazz, funk, soul, prog, psych, garage, boxes of 45s with good French, Turkish, African, Northern Soul, tons of crazy stuff.”
Tropicalia in Furs, East Village NYC, was a record store like no other, a spot for rarities, psychedelic sounds and unparalleled chit chat. The shop closed in 2013.
Here’s a new mix from Joel called Abobora Mechanica.
New Madlib coming this Friday/Saturday. We hinted a while ago at a new Madlib production with a yet-unnamed MC. We’re dropping a track later this week in the Rappcats newsletter and presenting the limited 12-inch EP in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Where: Chicago. Friday, July 17. Madlib performs at The Mid, where he will be joined onstage by the MC (and it’s not you who think it is.) Records will be for sale in the venue, where Hit & Run will be live-printing the sleeves. TICKETS. Note: This show will be followed by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib at the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 19.
Where: Los Angeles. Saturday, July 18. Rappcats, 5636 York Blvd, 12PM-4PM. We’ll have these records along with everything else on the Madlib Invazion catalog in a one-day record store pop-up.
The record is 3 vocal tracks plus bonus beats and instrumentals – 9 tracks in all. Sleeves are hand-printed by Hit & Run with artwork by Gustavo Eandi and Jeff Jank – about 10 variations of each sleeve. These will be numbered, with 150 in Chicago and 150 in L.A. Another few hundred are currently being printed and will be available on Rappcats website later this summer.
ON SALE: HOE CAKES EXTRA DOOM
Signed and numbered edition of 40: archival pigment prints of Hoe Cakes. Each piece has hand-painted elements along the top, bottom and side of the print, including an ‘extra doom
Madlib has a new mixtape called Mind Fusion: African Earwax. He made 30 copies of these on CD, each of which was being given an individual hand-drawn cover by Jason Jagel and sold at the Doomsday Show at Rappcats, June 20, 2015.
Here’s the mix in full. This is the first mix on Madlib’s Mixcloud page http://mixcloud.com/madlib
Mind Fusion began as a five-volume mixtape series, released 2004-2007. These mixtape CD releases bare no label or address, just the name
One day only. Paintings and prints by Jason Jagel. We
Philophon 005: Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
The Pyramids and their multi-instrumentalist leader Idris Ackamoor have revived the burning fire behind three lauded privately pressed 1970s albums and the movement that followed. The Pyramids