Celebrity Art Party with Jim Mahfood

Celebrity Art Party is a semi-occurring feature, wherein the artists we enjoy interpret their favorite song. This installment features one of our favorite artists, Jim Mahfood (aka Food One), who will descend upon Lawrence this weekend for a variety of activities surrounding The Free State Festival. Mahfood’s work has paired him with everyone from Colt 45 to Ziggy Marley. Given his deep involvement with music, we’re proud to have him for this series.

Jim Mahfood - Beastie Boys 'B-Boy Bouillabaisse' web

Artist: Beastie Boys

Song: “B-Boy Bouillabaisse”

Version of song (live, album, remix, etc.): Paul’s Boutique LP


Why this song?
There’s no way I have an all-time “favorite song.” I’ve been collecting/obsessing over music since I was 10 yrs old, so to narrow it down to just one would be impossible. But this track comes pretty close. It was masterminded by MCA (rip), the Dust Brothers, and Matt Dike. With a line-up like that you can’t go wrong. The song is a ridiculous, over the top hip hop/funk medley masterpiece, composed of 8 different shorter songs. It’s over 12 minutes long. It represents the absolute pinnacle in music sampling. Nothing done since even comes close.

When did you first hear it?

How does music such as this inspire you in your work?
It reminds me that anything is possible, the sky is the limit, and to do whatever you want as an artist. Take it out as far as you can, be completely bugged out and funky. Have a sense of humor.

How has this song changed for you since you first heard it?
I have a much better understanding and deeper appreciation for the samples and the pop culture references the older I get. When I was younger I sort of didn’t know what they were talking about, I just thought it was an ill track.

What upcoming projects do you have?
Miami Vice: Remix comic book series from Lion Forge/IDW (four issues out so far, issue 5 drops on July 1!). Howard the Human comic book from Marvel Comics (written by Skottie Young!) drops on August 5! And we just finished the live action Grrl Scouts Pilot for New Form Digital which everyone can check out here:

Jim Mahfood will be in Lawrence all this weekend. He appears at Astrokitty Comics from 5-7:00pm on Saturday, June 27. On Sunday, June 28, at 2:00pm, he’ll be part of a panel with Greg Smallwood and Jai Nitz, talking about “All Ages, All Inclusive Comics.” Details on attending that can be found here. He’ll perform a live art jam for the closing ceremonies and film awards portion of the Free State Festival at the Lawrence Arts Center on Sunday at 5:30pm, and you can find details about there here.

For more information, follow Jim Mahfood on Twitter @JimMahfood, or hit up his website.