Pen And Pixel

Lil Scrappy Look At Me Cover Art

Last week we mentioned that Pen and Pixel did the artwork for the new Lil Scrappy single and even if that name didn’t ring a bell, it’s likely you’re already a fan of their work. Plainly speaking, Pen and Pixel is a Houston based graphic design firm that is responsible for some of the craziest, best record covers of all time. In the late 90s, they were designing covers an incredible number of Southern rappers and labels, including Master P, Lil Wayne, No Limit Records and Cash Money Records. It’s not really a stretch to say they provided the visual aesthetic for bling-era Southern rap and that their influence is still very visible in the mixtape cover and rap record cover game today. A Mixpak all time favorite has to be this Big Bear Doin Thangs cover.

For more classics, check out Complex Magazine’s list of The 25 Most Ridiculous Pen & Pixel Album Covers of All Time and then watch this video of Louis Theroux visiting the Pen and Pixel studios to see where the magic happens.

Sissy Nobby “Lay Me Down” Out Now!

Mixpak is proud to release Sissy Nobby’s new single “Lay Me Down.”

This anthemic, midtempo rap song is equally indebted to the sounds of No Limit Records and Rap A Lot Records, carrying on a Southern tradition of syrupy synth strings and a head nodding bass perfect for cruising in your Cadillac. Featuring the inimitable voice of New Orleans bounce star Sissy Nobby, “Lay Me Down” is a sex track like you’ve never heard before.

To say Nobby is the next Southern rap phenomenon is no exaggeration. With no label backing or promo, he’s gotten over ten million plays on Myspace, leading major label A&Rs to come calling. He performs on a nightly basis, 365 days a year, running the club scene in the city of New Orleans with additional dates taking him around the South. On any given Friday or Saturday night, Nobby can be seen playing up to three shows a night (each show at a different club), and it’s that kind of dedication to the live show that gives him a strength of voice beyond the reach of many rappers. Still in his early twenties, Nobby’s unforgettable voice and raw production style has become a local institution, cemented by mixtapes, Limewire downloads, and the crowds of crazy girls that follow him around like he’s the Pied Piper of booty.

Grab “Lay Me Down” now on iTunes!