Artist: Kamau Haroon
"Cole discovered my work through Childish Major, who is another rapper I was doing art for. I can’t talk much about his vision. You’re going to have to listen to the album. It all ties in together. It was definitely a collaboration. It was a marriage of art and music. He told me what direction he was going in and then he gave me freedom to portray it how I wanted." — Kamau Haroon interviewed by Vibe
INSPIRED BY (POTENTIALLY)
A scene in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens where The Ghost of Christmas Past reveals two children under his cloak.
"ATM" by J.Cole
Director: Scott Lazer
"My mind is stimulated by my surroundings. I’m constantly inspired by Detroit. The vibrant colors in my work are influenced by the graffiti that blankets the abandoned homes and factories. These colors are countered by the deep and often dark emotions residing from the pain of economic downfall and poverty. With this pain comes hope and creativity- there is a balance. My art explores social paradigms, vices, and vulnerability. I use the things I see daily to create my own world where colors become emotion and people become their fears. This is my way of controlling reality through creating it. Using the “6” from the 6 Mile street I grew up on and the “mau” suffix from my first name I created the Sixmau moniker. Under this brand have begun to translate my thoughts through various avenues such as illustration, photography, and music with the goal of becoming a creative powerhouse." — Sixmau.com