Philip Kwame Apagya is a Ghanaian artist whose color photographs reflect a contemporary twist on traditional West African portraiture. In Apagya’s photos, subjects interact with his brightly painted 2-D backdrops, interiors and exteriors that catalogue the trappings and accoutrement of an affluent international culture. Subjects inhabit faux living rooms showing library shelves or consoles stuffed with expensive electronics, or chat on cell phones standing before home computers, or prepare to board that international flight to happiness. While Apagya’s photographs reflect a young and prosperous generation of consumers, one can imagine that for some, the photographs also present a “reality” beyond their means.
Jeremy Dower’s psychedelic paintings are out of this world. Every time I look at them I feel like I”m in a far away land where everything is colored rainbow bright and stuffed animals have come to life and rule the world!
Legendary producer Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun, acclaimed hip hop artists who have previously gained fame from their Dah Shining & The Rude Awakening albums have joined forces for a MONUMENTAL album. Pete Rock has provided the entire production on the album, as well as vocals including on the title track MONUMENTAL. The album features their colleagues in the foundation of hip hop music including artists like: Raekwon, Sean Price, Buckshot, Freeway, Top Dog of Boot Camp Clik, Bun B, & Jahdan.
In collaboration with the release, New York based photographer Fubz, documented the entire recording process. Fubz has been shooting photographs since 1998 with his work featured by notable clients & magazines and record labels such as: Warner Bros., Rostrum Records, Antenna Magazine and The Source.This collaborative release embodies the MONUMENTAL process of creating this album and process of music within the ever changing and growing hip hop community.