We have been celebrating the artists of Strength in NUMBERS for the last several weeks. Now that we have reached the end of the Kickstarter campaign, I wanted to put all of the album covers by all of the talented artists in one easy to navigate place.
On Tuesday, we dropped the first three “variant” album covers for Chops’ latest project Strength in NUMBERS. And Wednesday saw the release of the video for “Keep On,” the lead single from the album and also the long anticipated, fifteen-years-in-the-making return of Chops, Peril-L, and Styles Infinite, a.k.a. the legendary Mountain Brothers.
In the video, you might have noticed a “sis” joining the Bros on the track. That would be the one and only Ann One singing the hook.
You may recall that Chops and I worked with a dozen and a half artists to create individual album covers for each of the emcees, singers, and DJs on the album. And starting with Jamie Noguchi‘s take on Ann One below, the rest of the digital album covers will be available here at The Nerds of Color exclusively.
After the jump, you will be able to download a high-resolution jpeg of the latest Strength in NUMBERS “variant” album cover. Just right-click on the image and save.
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.
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.
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 NUMBERSover 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?