Here’s some old and new. A look back at the original uchi classic T shirt No 18 – Now We May Begin and the 2016 remix, Now We May Begin Again.
Although the original T shirt design uses four overlaid images and the remix only three, there were originally 36 photographs shot in sequence documenting the vinyl selection process (Natural Selection), to the needle dropping on the record, as shown on Always Use Clean Needles. The remix is more subtle – the “sample” – the first verse from Randy Crawford’s song of the same name has been removed and the lines redrawn for a bigger print.
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I usually don’t pay much attention to other Hip Hop brands, or at least I try not to. Not following what others are doing has merits and drawbacks.
If you are not distracted or influenced by what others are doing, you can carry on, safe in the knowledge that whatever you make is all “you”. You can be blissfully ignorant of the fact that someone else may have the same idea. Worse still, someone may have the same idea and execute it more skilfully than you.
As any artist will tell you, what they see around them will probably creep into their work in some form or another, eventually, whether they are conscious of it or not.
Sometimes, it’s more deliberate. You may be inspired to take a sample from Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give it Up’ and create a completely original ‘Blurred Lines’ single.
Or, like Banksy, use the Mona Lisa or a Constable to create great urban art with its own context. How many renditions of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can or his Marilyn Monroe screen prints are there?