EXCLUSIVE: Strength in NUMBERS Featuring PERIL-L by Fred Chao

And so it begins…

I told you last week that I was fortunate enough to connect with the legendary Chops on his latest, massive project Strength in NUMBERS. Well, here are the results of that collabo. Chops and I worked with a dozen and a half artists, cartoonists, and designers to create 35 individual album covers for each of the emcees, singers, and DJs on the album. We’re releasing the first three today. The cover featuring Peril-L is available exclusively here at The Nerds of Color. You can find Fred Chao’s renditions of Chops at CHOPSmusic.com and Styles Infinite at SIUniverse.org, respectively.

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.

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Hip-Hop & Comics: The Artists of Chops’ Strength in NUMBERS

I first met Chops back in 1999 when the Mountain Brothers were at the peak of their powers. They came down to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA to perform at an event for the Asian Pacific American Student Union, a group I founded the year before. Needless to say, they blew the roof off of Webb Center and solidified APASU as a legit organization on campus. So after the show, and some late night IHOP pancakes, we bid the Bros — Chops, Peril, and Styles — adieu, and I was content with my signed Self: Volume One CD and brief brush with Asian American hip-hop royalty.

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“One of these things is not like the other…”

Fast forward a decade and a half later — and thanks to the wonder of social media — Chops and I reconnected. Weirdly, he remembered who I was. So we met up one chilly night in Philly earlier this year. That’s when he first told me about Strength in NUMBERS over some beer and cheesesteaks. He even previewed just the tiniest snippet of a track while we rode around in his big ass Buick. Instantly, I realized how historic this project was going to be. I mean, an MBs reunion alone would be game-changing. Now you’re gonna throw in 30 other artists (including the likes of Dumbfoundead, Prometheus Brown, Rekstizzy, Rocky Rivera and dozens of others)? What? That’s a who’s-who of APA hip-hop right there! Then, here’s the part that blew my mind. He wanted my help. Say wha?

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