The next in this set of music-related digital sketches, this time featuring one of the most underrated, rarely spoken about visionary pioneers of hip-hop, Kurtis Mantronik.
As a kid I loved the futuristic, electronic sound of Mantronix, which stood out against much of the hip-hop landscape of the day. Tracks like 'Needle To The Groove', 'Bassline', 'Ladies' and 'Who Is It?' left me in awe and still sound unique to this day. The work he did with T La Rock and Just Ice was equally as interesting, particularly the latter's 'Cold Gettin' Dumb', a bona fide sonic hip-hop classic.
Mantronik also created 'hip-hop soul' long before Puff coined the term, especially in his work with Joyce Sims, bringing that blend to tracks like 'Come Into My Life' and my all-time favourite 'All And All'. I had this track on straight rotation every day after school for at least six months, the keyboard horns, handclaps, throbbing bass and cowbells sending me into raptures every time I played it. Even now, I hear 'All And All' and still find new things to marvel at, it's an absolutely epic six plus minutes of music.
For me, Mantronik was the precursor to Timbaland, providing that more interesting, futuristic, alternative yet still competitively commercial sound, when others were following the template of the day. His work continues to thrill and inspire me, and hope that one it gets the recognition it deserves in terms of the platform he provided for others to build on.
Regarding the drawing itself, it's not my favourite of the sketches so far, but I'm experimenting, playing about and learning with each one. As always, whether I have done him any justice visually is for others to decide.