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Dubelyoo 

Atlanta-based hip-hop illustrator Dubelyoo is known for his work with pencil and paint, but he's got an ass-load of projects in the works -- both in and out of the art world.

click to enlarge ZACH WOLFE

“I’m a ninja, a masseuse and a professional checker player, but I’m not a DJ,” admitted Dubelyoo — but he’s preparing to release his own self-branded mix tape. DJ Jamad of Sirius Satellite Radio originally propositioned Dubelyoo to construct a mix for his show, but instead Dubelyoo enlisted the aid of Public Enemy’s DJ Lord. The as-yet-untitled project, which will feature rare grooves, funk and soul tracks, will be broadcast on Sirius and made available on CD at various local retail outlets.

Sporting an artistic style that mixes classic illustration elements with urban sensibilities, Dubelyoo serves as one of the principals behind the traveling art show Art, Beats & Lyrics.

He originally gained local street cred by providing artwork for the Afromentals mix-tape series, but since those early days, he’s provided illustrations for companies like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Apple, Fubu and Scion.

He advises aspiring artists to perfect the art of self-promotion. “Self-promotion is the key to survival for independent artists. And the more media coverage you get, the more media coverage you’re gonna get.” Samples of his work, as well as a ton of wacky goodies, can be seen at his website, www.convertthewack.com. To hear more from Dubelyoo, listen to CL’s “Earshot Atlanta” (www.earshotatlanta.com) and “Audiofloss” (www.audiofloss.com) podcasts.

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