At my new site, The Nerds of Color, I mentioned I was fortunate enough to be a tangential part of this massive hip-hop project called Strength in NUMBERS. Created and arranged by Chops, Strength in NUMBERS brings together nearly three dozen singers, rappers, and DJs to spotlight some of the top Asian American talent in the urban music scene. Think of it as the Secret Identities of hip-hop. That’s why Chops reached out to me for this aspect of the collaboration.
Working with a dozen and a half artists, cartoonists, and designers, we created 35 individual alternate album covers, one for each of the musicians on the album. We’re releasing the first three covers today exclusively at CHOPSmusic.com, TheNerdsofColor.org, and here at SIUniverse.org, respectively. Each of these covers, featuring all three members of the Mountain Brothers, was drawn by SHATTERED’s own Fred Chao.
After the jump, you will be able to download a high-resolution jpeg of the first of three Strength in NUMBERS “variant” album covers. Just right-click and save.
We asked artist Fred Chao (creator of the Eisner-nominated Johnny Hiro graphic novels) to draw three interlocking pieces that could connect Voltron-style to form the Mountain Brothers. Check out his take on STYLES INFINITE below, and study up on the “stats” under the image. There will be a quiz later.
NAME: STYLES INFINITE
KNOWN FOR: Being the Mountain Brother people said was “the one who looks like Bruce Lee”
STRENGTH: Hubris, jokes, infinite styles (hence the name), possesses boundless ways of informing wack rappers of said wackness
CHOICE LINE from Strength In NUMBERS: “Speakin my name, get lit like mesquite in the flame, I’m Styles Inf the only MD MC in the game“
ILLUSTRATION BY: Fred Chao http://www.fredchao.com
Strength In NUMBERS info: http://www.CHOPSmusic.com/numbers
Remember: for a look at Fred’s take on the other Mountain Brothers, head over to CHOPSmusic.com and TheNerdsofColor.org for exclusive covers featuring CHOPS and PERIL. And be a part of Strength in NUMBERS by donating to the Kickstarter right now!
- Hip-Hop & Comics: The Artists of Chops’ Strength in NUMBERS (thenerdsofcolor.org)