For the Future of Hip-Hop

A crew of total spaceship dudes cruise the galaxy spreading freshness across the cosmos. This was the visual for the 'For the Future of Hip-Hop' album cover.

When fellow OhNo!Doom member Joe Call and I were contacted by Revolutionary Music founders Bryan Ford and Jeremiah Seraphine to make an album cover for Bryan Ford's newest release we said "Hell yeah!". The album is "For the Future of Hip-Hop" and features Wu-Tang Clan alum Killah Priest along with Chicago's own Pugs Atomz and Awdazcate

Themes of dopeness, science and other radness were our direction. Bryan Ford pointed us toward some funky motherships straight out of some retro Parliament records. From there we immersed ourselves in Neil deGrasse Tyson and 70s Sci Fi to create a world of dark matter and space dust with Bryan's new tracks as our soundtrack. In our art collective OhNo!Doom, our past collaborations tend to result in a mad mash of characters. This was no different here. The result was a roaming band of alien nasties blasting out of a wormhole. I took some Jack Kirby New Gods inspiration for all the outer space-ness.

Original sketch by max bare and Joe Call

Joe Call designed the "For the Future of Hip Hop" lockup which is pretty 90s era MTV. You can almost feel it hovering around. We gave that piece the spotlight for the cover image of the single release. Available on iTunes here


For the full album cover, we zoomed out to reveal the whole spaceship roster. 
You can pick up the full album on iTunes here.

artwork for the album: Bryan Ford's "For the Future of Hip Hop" designed by Max Bare and Joe Call

Joe and I split the character duties in half, each picking two spaceship dudes to design.

My first galactic contribution, this mystic fellow sippin' a big gulp

My other spaceship guy was this hexarad dude in a lowrider sputnik playing his moog voyager among other things 

Joe Call's first character of two featuring some fly kicks 

Joe call's second space dude, this unidentified flying MC rockin the mike

As of now, you can see the whole crew performing here in Chicago for the official album release party. Show opens Saturday, June 25 at Subterranean (upstairs). 

More info here on the FB event.
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Wu-tang Clan affiliate Killah Priest returns to Chicago to perform live with virtuoso producer Bryan Ford and his full band, including Chicago hip hop luminaries Pugs Atomz and Awdazcate, for the album release party celebrating the highly acclaimed release FOR THE FUTURE OF HIP HOP out now on Revolutonary Music.

We're also excited to have DJ Toltech, Chicago's reigning DMC champion opening and closing the night. Toltech recently made it to the final 4 in the DMC battle for U.S. Supremacy in Los Angeles. Toltech is 2016 and 2015 DMC US Finalist, 2014 DMC Team USA (CTA), and the 2015 Battle Ave Cut2Cut Champ (Chicago)

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Bryan Ford "For the Future of Hip Hop" full album released May 6 2016. 
You can download on iTunes, subscribe on Spotify or stream on SoundCloud.

More Reading on the Album:

Pre-Release Party at Fort Knox feat. Brian Ford, Killah Priest, Pugs Atomz and Awdazcate.
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