Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Brooklyn Couplet

Bami Adedoyin (photographer and wife to me) and I are showing photography at Contact Theater in Manchester, England on Sat. Aug 2nd. The show is called "A Brooklyn Couplet" where we display two individual bodies of work that will be viewed together in one space.

Look here at Contact's website for more details!

"Seattle" by Yako 440 Prodis

"Amadou" by Bami Adedoyin

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Yako 440 completes his MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts

That's right, I'll be graduating this Sunday from Goddard College's off campus program in VT. It's been a long road, lots of work, and I'm ready to celebrate my completion!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Big props to Van City!! I thank Ani Pinchot for putting me in touch with my gracious host Sara who not only directs (I think that's the right word..) a community center and awesome choir, but also beatboxes like a PRO... every MC in Vancouver should be getting her to back them up. Word. Peace to producer/emcee/musician Rup for inviting me into his home to enjoy this view:

Click to enlarge the pic, the mountains and enchanted village were blowing my mind. Vancouver also has an ill skyline which transforms from city to mountains:

Seeing the First Ladies Crew rock a show was mad inspiring, they're all Indigenous MCs/beatboxers holding it down up here:

You can find their music at Beat Nation or on Myspace.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Washington State

On my way from Oregon I stopped for a night in Olympia WA and checked out the nature on the campus of Evergreen College. Kind of a mystical mossy evergreen/fern forest...

Thanks to Marco, Lolita, and Rowan for hosting me there.

I then continued to Seattle where it got a bit more urban. Many thanks to Alex, Rita, Reyna, Maria, Ani, and VC for the hospitality. As I was wandering the city I saw this mural in action and introduced myself to the artist, who wrote Wierdo.

He had an insane photo-realistic style with spraycans, and he was cool enough to point me in the direction of the local "walk up" wall AKA permission spot. So I went and painted this:

[Click the pic to enlarge]

Monday, June 22, 2009

Oregon, Portland

Been having a great time chilling and playing music with Nicoluminous, a dope local beatboxer/musician/vocalist. One of the highlights was setting up in an abandoned lot and jamming together for a warm audience of 5-10 people... Check how he has his delay and loop pedal strapped to his belt wirelessly (to the amp)... Nice one Nico!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Cali up North

A couple days ago I headed still further North to Arcata. I set up my Starship in a public seating area near the center of town and had been painting about 5 mins when I met this guy Joe. Turns out he runs a couple of taco stands and is about to open a restaurant. He wants to see my work so he asks me to paint his sign as a freebee...

He likes the free sample and hires me to paint his truck the next morning. I finished my Arcata piece....

then saw UP (which was fresh) and caught reggae singer Bushman with opening act Soulflower on the late night.

After a couple hours sleep I met up with Joe and his wife at their soon to be restaurant, and I was touched by their success (family business, ya know?) and support of my skills.

Such a cool experience...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Camped in the Redwoods

After a long drive North from Oakland with endless sky and mountains...

I made it to a campground in the Redwoods State Park near Eureka CA.

These trees are ridiculously big, I don't think pictures do them justice, but they're still fun to take!

Here's another one wider across than my SUV-

Making a fire always makes me feel connected to nature, which (in addition to making art and seeing friends) was a big inspiration for me in doing this trip. The plan has come together...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Another Day in the Bay

Here I'm pictured with the Hip Hop Dub Starship at The Wharf (famous street performance location in SF) I spent a couple hours out there working and had mad fun.

Earlier in the day I also added to one of Marlene White's pieces which came out super funky:


Monday, June 15, 2009

Wait 'til you see the video...

Had an amazing day so far with my Oakland based peer Marlene White... we did a collaborative painting on the Hip Hop Dub Starship board, which she's editing video for right now... will try to get that up later today or tomorrow.
Here's a sample:

To watch the finished video click here

I also have to shout out Youssoupha Sidibe again for hosting me in Santa Cruz (we've got the bulk of an instrumental Kora Dub album recorded) and at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa CA. He had a great guest spot with Matisyahu...

It was also a pleasant surprise to see Bad Brains destroy the stage while the punks destroyed the mosh pit, but the Bad Brains would cool everyone out with some HEAVY dub tracks. The perfect balance...

More art, music, and vibes soon!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Arrived in Santa Cruz

It was a smooth 6.5 hrs through arid mountains and seaside views on CA 101 from LA to Santa Cruz...

(The view from my car window)

...and soon after my arrival I got to work on some music in my brother in law Youssoupha Sidibe's home studio. He's a skilled Kora player from Senegal.

(Check out his music here)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Chilled at "The Do Over" in LA

An event with mad artist sightings including Medusa, Akil (of J5), Rhetmatic and Peanut Butter wolf where on the wheels and serato VJ setup respectively... really ILL...

With Aloe Blacc... bigup Maya Jupiter who was there as well. Also chilled with Sumkid

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Building The Starship Hip Hop Dub

First it was plywood, a sawhorse, and a Fender suitcase PA...

Then I magically transformed it with a potion consisting of yellow paint followed by black and red aerosol... with a touch of technology...

Did a permission wall near downtown LA

Friday, June 5, 2009

Pics from Boombap at Califest

I love the blackness of the background in theater work... makes everything pop out in pics..

Here's one of the kids who got up to beatbox with us during the show. They sounded pro!

And Rickerby's Hip Hop Theatre class got involved doing some Playback Theater which Baba and I introduced them to in a workshop earlier that day...

Tonight's performance was also really tight. D'Lo out of LA did a supremely layered piece both in content and style... funny, deep, socio-political realness. Fun ciphers after the show with students (college and high school) as well!

More to come...

Califest came off!

Big thanks to Kirby for holding us down here at UC Riverside. Baba and I had a really inspiring workshop with his Hip Hop Theatre students who jumped up with us at the end of our show... Baba pulled out the Jedi theater lighting techniques tonight, putting together the lighting for the whole show in about 20 mins while the audience began trickling in... as I waited for the lost DI box which came in the nick of time... it was one of those days... but it all came together!!

Keep an eye out for pics... I'll post them ASAP (forgot my USB camera cable in NY so I gotta pickup a replacement)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

at University of California Riverside

waiting to begin tech rehearsal for Boombap Medidations... should be cool!

Set in the West

I'm about an hour East of LA right now going to perform Boombap Meditations (Hip Hop Theater Piece) this Thurs at UC Riverside with Baba Israel.

On Sat I pick up my rental car and start heading North through this amazing mountainous countryside... I'll be performing and making art, linking with some artist friends and family along the way, but no plans are set in stone...

If you have any contacts or ideas, please let me know and I'll add them to the journey.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

new sticker

just finished designing this... what do y'all think?

Yako 440 gears up for a West Coast tour!

Winding his way North on the Left Hand Side for the month of June... Yako will be hitting Cali, Oregon, Washington state, and Van Couver making Hip Hop Dub music and painting graffiti murals along the way. Check back here for updates, pics and more!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Baba's Going Away Party and After Party

Come say your goodbye's and show your love! On this night, Baba Israel will be backed by Yako 440 and DJ DP One..with special guests Core Rhythm, Creature, D-Cross, Eagle Nebula, Duv, and Breez Evahflowin.

This event is Free! Friday, May 1, 2009
Show at 9:30 pm / Bar opens at 8:00 pm

BAMcafe is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn. By sybway, take the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, or Q Train to Atlantic Avenue.

After the Bam Cafe gig May 1st 9:30-11pm we will have an after party downstairs at South Paw starting at 11:30pm!

May 1st
South Paw downstairs
Baba Israel "Going Away" After Party
DJ DP One and DJ Kevlar spin all night- Freestyle Sessions, Breaking Cyphers!

Southpaw is located at 125 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

From BAM Cafe to South Paw (Walking)

Start out going West on Lafayette Ave towards Ashland Pl
Turn left onto Ashland Pl
Turn left onto Flatbush Ave
Turn right onto 5th Ave
Total travel time 11 mins