Photo by Jules Ameel "I totally and intentionally don't want to be myself."
Dem Atlas | 7th St. Entry | Saturday, January 17
While cohorts pushed costumed crowds to the limit around the Twin Cities, St. Paul rapper Dem Atlas spent this past Halloween working in near solitude. It was then that he personally illustrated covers for 1,000 copies of his latest EP, DWNR.
The dreadlocked, mild-mannered 22-year-old says most of the black marker-adorned covers are "sad, distraught, melancholy faces," but there's also cartoonish playfulness in his artwork. Similar contrasts are found at heart of the EP's sound, a combination of early-'90s grunge's dreary harmonies and wistful pop sensibilities, and the jazz-influenced joyousness of West Coast alternative rap from the same time period. He refers to this synthesis of styles as "droan."More »