Credit Where Credit Is Due? Drake Instagrams artwork by Philly’s Dewey Saunders without attribution

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In the social media universe, sharing and re-sharing is the name of the game. Someone’s creative effort can be blasted out to a whole new audience with a click of a mouse or a swipe of a finger that takes a fraction of a second.

Unfortunately, in this same universe, things like credit and attribution are handled in a bit more of a fast and loose manner – sometimes accidentally, sometimes out of laziness. Despite our best efforts, we’ve been guilty of it The Key on occasion in the past. We’ve seen it happen to the work of our contributors, too. Broadly speaking, when an artists’ work gets lifted without credit, it is often being presented to a limited audience – somebody’s personal Tumblr, for instance. Other times, it winds up before a whole universe of eyes.

The latter happened yesterday when Philly illustrator Dewey Saunders was re-grammed by rap mega-star Drake. Continue reading →


Visit the visual art side of rapper Dewey Decibel in a studio tour this Friday

dewey-decibel-e1354723996360Dewey Saunders, know to some as rapper Dewey Decibel, is an incredibly diverse artist.  Not only has he released a full-length hip-hop album under his own record label Bold New Breed, but he has also done artwork for the New Yorker, graphic design for other musicians and creates beautiful collages.  Last year, The Key talked to him about his broad spectrum of artistic interests.  This Friday, Saunders opens his South Philly studio for the public to see and purchase artwork from his gallery.  If you haven’t seen any of his work, click here to check it out on his website and here to RSVP for the event.  And, for his other medium, check out a summer-tinged song from his catalog below.


Watch Dewey Decibel get “High on Art” in this cosmic new music video

DeweyDewey Decibel isn’t just a rapper. He’s also Dewey Saunders, a visual artist whose illustration work has appeared in the pages of The New Yorker and on the album covers and show posters of his Philly music scene brethren. In the music video for “High on Art,” we see Saunders bridging both sides of his creative output as an artist in his studio and an MC and his crew recreationaly consuming, um, influences. The song comes from last fall’s Son of a Beach EP; check out the video below, and get the EP at Bandcamp.


Watch the new video for Dewey Decibel’s “Love” (and download the track)

Wasting no time after the close of his recent art exhibition, Philly rapper Dewey Decibel released a music video today for “Love,” his latest single and the lead track on his forthcoming EP Son of a Beach, due out later this spring on Bold New Breed Records. The track was produced by Rick Friedrich of The Philadelphia Record Company, and comes complete with a music video drected by Glass Canon. Scope the video and grab a free download of the track below.


Get to know Dewey Saunders (a Philly rapper with an art opening at ING Direct Cafe tonight)

Philadelphia’s Dewey Saunders has a rare knack for bridging the creative spectrum. Under the rap monikers Emcee Unless and Dewey Decibel, he creates pointed, catchy hip-hop, including this year’s fantastic mixtape #BOOMBOXBOOKWORM. But Saunders is also a visual artist, and no lightweight at that – his work has shown up in places that run the gamut from The New Yorker to the cover of the last Brown Recluse album. His latest art exhibition, Indian Summer, opens tonight at Center City’s ING Direct Café.

The Key: Visual art and music are two completely different mediums. Are your methods for recording a song versus making an illustration also different?

Dewey Saunders: They’re both similar processes, even though they’re completely different mediums. I’m in the same mental space when I create, so I’m basically accessing the same zone that allows for visual art or music to happen. If I have an art exhibit coming up, like I do now, I focus on my art side, and have the music on in the background. When I’m done with that, I’ll turn my attention back to music. They work within each other as well, though differently.
It’s funny because the music I’ve been listening to at the time of a show can definitely influence a show. With this show, Kool A.D. from Das Racist put out a mix tape called 51 and it’s incredible. And psychedelic, quriky songs definitely go along with the bright colors in my paintings – when I came up with the title for Indian Summer, I was definitely listening to a lot of Neon Indian. Continue reading →