Mike Dean Releases ‘4:22’ Album Alongside 3 Open Edition NFTs from the New ‘OBEY 4:22’ Art Series with Shepard Fairey

Today, hip-hop producer and sonic artist Mike Dean drops new album, 4:22, along with the launch of the ‘OBEY 4:22’ series in collaboration with contemporary street artist Shepard Fairey. The open edition NFTs, created with Origin Protocol, a blockchain technology company that develops commerce products utilizing the Ethereum blockchain, known for their record-breaking auction which generated over $11.7 million in sales for the first-ever tokenized album with 3LAU, will be sold on April 23rd 12am EST/12pm Beijing CST and will be followed up with an auction for additional high-rarity NFTs on May 27th. The series features three audiovisual editions of Dean’s “Cryptosonic” digital collectibles inspired by Dean and Fairey’s ‘being home during COVID’ showcasing how art and music can be personal, immersive and connecting to serve all of humanity.

Admirers of each other’s work, this collaboration began when Fairey first heard Dean’s pioneering sounds through his work with the Geto Boys. Dean, in turn, first saw Fairey’s street art pasted up in the urban landscape of New York in the late 1990s. The connection between the two artists for ‘OBEY 4:22’ was a natural creative step that showcases the immersive union of sound and vision.

4:22 features tracks “Cryptosonic” and “Earth Force.” “Cryptosonic” takes a darker turn with an eerie yet eclectic sound that intensifies suspense throughout. The use of distorted saw waveforms, and deep vocal overtone gives the song psychedelic nuances that bring mind-altering experiences. “Earth Force” is a sonic landscape of beauty and danger that evokes a sense of ethereality. The track builds up and back down continuously with a powerful drum beat that closes into a higher pitched siren pulse, bringing together an energetic atmosphere of divinity. Inspired by the visual stylings of classic 12” square vinyl LP jackets, the artwork for “Cryptosonic” and “Earth Force” showcases radio wave transmission, a high decibel sound system, stereo hi-fi technology, the Earth’s colors of blue and green, and the green herbs many enjoy to enhance a mind-expanding musical journey. Dean performed and improvised half of the project on livestream through Twitch and Instagram Live.

Full 4:22 Tracklist:

  1. DON’T YOU KNOW

  2. SAVE THIS OCEAN

  3. FROM DEATH

  4. ALL EARTHLINGS

  5. CRYPTOSONIC

  6. NOWHERE ELSE

  7. PANGAEA

  8. EARTH FORCE

  9. THIS IS HOME

  10. NOW

  11. RUIN

  12. WELCOME

  13. WHAT WE HAVE

  14. TERRA RISING

  15. SPLENDID POISON

  16. ADRIFT

  17. OBEY

  18. EARTHSHIP

  19. JOURNEY NORTH

  20. MELTWATER

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