With the past couple paintings, I’ve really tried to mimic the heavy brushstroke use of Van Gogh and Cezanne. My previous study of Kanye on wood was an attempt at Van Gogh, while my painting of Frank Ocean being a take at Cezanne. Back to Van Gogh on Cudi, this flurry of strokes really brings this sense of uneasiness and chaos; like something’s really eating at him. I truly believe madness is beautiful, especially when spun into a creative manner. In my opinion, Cudi is the Van Gogh of Hip Hop.
THE PHYSICS | DIGITAL WILDLIFE Released December 13, 2013
All songs mixed by Justo and Vitamin D Album Mastered by Jarred Hirshman All songs recorded by Justo at Purple Door Studios, The Physics-Blue Scholars Studio, Ok Hotel, The Pharmacy, Seattle, WA and Auntie Maria’s Beach House, Whidbey Island, WA.
The world of gangsta rap mostly is about negative statements
about shootings, gangs, and on-going police brutality. “It Was A Good Day” instead becomes a day
in the life of Ice Cube, consisting of nothing but victories and no losses. No
shots fired, no gang-related deaths, no pull-overs, no conflict. The victories
occurring on Cube’s good day were plenty, ranging from the literal (winning
dice rolls, triple-doubles, dominoes, “the
Lakers beat the Supersonics”) to the personal (“pulled out the jammy and killed the punani” and
eating Fatburger). Yes, at a time when life is so dangerous in South Central
Los Angeles where gang warfare and death rates are very high, Cube’s hit single
brings an unusual run of personal positivity
that’s too good to be true
in a world of real-life violence: “It Was A Good Day” ends with Ice Cube
snapping out of it before heading over to the next track on The Predator (1992).
“It Was A Good Day” was created during a hotel stay at
the time when Ice Cube reached the top of the game and thought of a way to
bring some light to his theme of gangsta rap. With the Isley Brother’s “Footsteps
In The Dark” (1971) sample used continuously, this would be Ice Cube’s most
recognizable and popular hit, so popular that comedian Donovan Strain actually
calculated the exact date of Cube’s “good day”. With the exception of Ice Cube’s
future wife Kim who was already eight months pregnant with his first child,
Strain pinpointed the common denominator between Los Angeles’ no-smog day, his
beep from Kim, Yo! MTV Raps!, no
events attended, and when the Lakers did beat the Supersonics: January 20, 1992
was really Cube’s “good day”. Very shortly, superfans of his proposed a $25,000
charity towards A Place Called Home if Goodyear fulfilled the Cube lyric “Ice Cube’s A Pimp”. With the o.k. from
the gangsta rapper and Jimmy Fallon, Goodyear quickly agreed and made it happen:
with the politically-correct message “Today Was A Good Day” instead.