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A hilariously endearing film that celebrates the life & times of 7-year-old Yung Lenox, LA Weekly’s "Foremost Doodler of Rap".
A hilariously endearing film that celebrates the life & times of 7-year-old Yung Lenox, LA Weekly’s "Foremost Doodler of Rap".
A hilariously endearing film that celebrates the life & times of 7-year-old Yung Lenox, LA Weekly’s "Foremost Doodler of Rap".
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WE ARE SO EXCITED TO HAVE MET OUR GOAL!

We are so thankful and humbled by the support of everyone and this awesome community we have built around our film. As we say in NZ, you guys are all bloody legends!

Of course we won't turn down additional support!  Every dollar we get here will continue to go into making the best film possible and getting it in front of as many people as we can.  

As a thank you to all who have already pledged and encourage new people to join our community we are going to send every single backer a digital download of the Live Fast, Draw Yung book.  

WE WOULD LOVE TO GET PAST 200 BACKERS - if you're on the fence, please join us!

ABOUT THE FILM:

"Live Fast, Draw Yung" is a short documentary following the adventures of 7-year-old hip hop portraitist, Yung Lenox. Since the age of 5, he’s risen to internet fame for his marker drawings of some rap’s greatest albums from Ol’ Dirty Bastard's Return to the 36 Chambers to 2 Live Crew’s Nasty As they Wanna Be

BACKGROUND

It was a chance encounter on Instagram one day, where the nexus of this project was born. As we went deeper into the back catalog of Lenox's work there was something especially intriguing about the subject matter he was drawing.  These were rap and punk records that were huge influences on us when growing up.  From Wu-Tang to Minor Threat to John Hughes movies, this 7-year-old was reinterpreting our childhoods in a new way, making it fresh and exciting again.  A couple of phone calls with Lenox’s Dad, Skip, later we headed out to Seattle in early 2014 to meet the artistic duo and learn more about their unconventional after school “hobby”.

Damn it feels good to be a gangster.
Damn it feels good to be a gangster.

Originally slated as a quick two day shoot, we quickly discovered the story went so much deeper than the pop culture facade of these images.  It was really a story about a father and son and their friendship forged through creativity. Soon the two day production snowballed into six months as Lenox’s artistic career took off, and we were fortunate enough to tag along for the ride and make a film that we think is highly entertaining and incredibly meaningful to us.

WHERE THE PROJECT IS AT

Thanks to the support and effort of so many talented people we have completed shooting and editing.  Our only challenges now are final finances so we can complete the last stages of the film and share it with the world.  Up until this point it’s been a self-funded labor of love, but now we have run into unavoidable finishing costs that have to be met. The money we raise on Kickstarter will go directly to our final online costs - color correction, sound mix, music scoring, motion design, licensing and festival costs. 

We are so close to the finish line and with your support we can realize our vision and see our film premier on the BIG SCREEN in 2015. 

SYNOPSIS

Described by LA Weekly as the “foremost illustrator of rap”, Yung Lenox is a hip hop portraitist specializing in marker drawings of iconic rap albums, from Cam'ron's Purple Haze to N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton. He’s sold hundreds of prints, been commissioned for record sleeves, custom apparel and had his artistic debut at the Frieze Art Fair in New York. Unfortunately, Lenox did not attend that show. It was past his bedtime. He was six.

"Even though I do famous artwork, only the kids in my math group know." - Lenox
"Even though I do famous artwork, only the kids in my math group know." - Lenox

"Live Fast, Draw Yung" is an intimate and entertaining tale about Lenox and his Dad, Skip, a graffiti artist, copywriter and silent collaborator behind the Yung Lenox brand. As we bear witness to their unconventional after-school hobby, we discover an endearing friendship forged through creativity; a Dad teaching his son about coloring, shading, and the heroes of his youth. Through Instagram and press attention, what starts as a hobby turns into a lifestyle and a business. Soon, the two are hanging backstage with Action Bronson, in the studio with Kool Keith, chilling with "Uncle Raekwon", and on a plane to Los Angeles for Lenox’s first solo exhibition.

6-year-old Lenox with Raekwon from Wu-Tang Clan
6-year-old Lenox with Raekwon from Wu-Tang Clan
Unfazed by the hype, Lenox at his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in 2014.
Unfazed by the hype, Lenox at his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in 2014.

Through Lenox’s eyes and ears, the film offers an innocent and hilariously honest entry point into the often explicit and idolized culture of hip hop. It reconsiders the age old parental advisory debate and the realities of a kid growing up in an adult world. As Skip is forced to confront his intentions and parenting skills, Lenox remains unfazed. He isn’t listening to any of it. In his world, art is “medium important” as opposed to school, Legos and Minecraft. And that’s what makes the kid everyone’s favorite artist.

Starring: Yung Lenox, Skip Class, Cam’Ron, Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MC’s)
Running Time: 25 mins 

THE TEAM

Directors: Anthony Mathile and Stacey Lee

Cinematographer: Jacob Rosen

Supervising Editor: Joe Peeler

Editors: Anthony Mathile, Matthew Charof

Production Company: M ss ng P eces

YUNG LENOX PRESS

Complex

LA Weekly

Huffington Post

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS:
The aim of Kickstarter is all about making the target goal within the time limit set. Our time limit is 30 days and our target is 15k. Every time you pledge we get closer to making our goal. And if we meet our 15k target inside the 30 day window, we get the money and you get your rewards.  If we don’t meet the target, we don’t get anything. (And you don’t get charged either). 

To really add value to your pledge (as well as helping us out), we’ve put a lot of work in to making the rewards as awesome as possible.  Lenox & Skip have kindly licensed a bunch of never-before-released prints, postcards, stickers, custom commissions and other merchandise to make this Kickstarter really special. We’ll be updating the Kickstarter with more rewards as we go on, so keep checking back in, share with your friends and feel free to pledge as often as you like. 

So, sit back, take a look around and if you like what you see get involved. 

Thanks for reading and hope you will join our effort.

Stacey, Anthony & the team.

REWARDS:

Yung Lenox "Other People's Pizza" Beanie
Yung Lenox "Other People's Pizza" Beanie
Live Fast, Draw Yung Book
Live Fast, Draw Yung Book
#BingBangSwag Yung Money Clip
#BingBangSwag Yung Money Clip
2 Live Crew - Silkscreen Print
2 Live Crew - Silkscreen Print

Risks and challenges

Even though we’re not sure when the film is going to premier yet, so much passion and love has already been poured into it, we feel confident we will release this film in some way in 2015.

Furthermore, you can rest assure your rewards will be received because most of them (aside from the Premier, and the custom commission) have already been created. We simply need the Yung God to wave his magic marker, sign, send and the rewards will be yours.

If you have any questions about any of the pledges do not hesitate to contact us.

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    THANK YOU. For $10 you’ll get our eternal thanks and we'll give you a shout out on all our social media.

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    YL STICKER PACK: You just scored yourself a full 3-pack of Yung Lenox stickers. Lenox will also give you a shout out on Instagram!

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    LIVE FAST, DRAW YUNG MIXTAPE: Lenox and his dad Skip will share a mixtape of their favorite drawing jams. Available as a Spotify mix you can get down with Skip & Lenox's finest wherever you go.

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    O.G. POSTCARD: For the first time ever, Lenox is releasing postcards of the FIVE original rap portraits that he drew at the age of 5. You will get ONE of the O.G. postcards to mail to your mom or frame for your boyfriend.
    You can choose from - Gucci Mane, Biggie, Lil Boosie, Cam’ron, or Mac Dre.
    You'll also get a download of the film, some stickers and a YL shoutout!

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    YUNG LENOX "OPP" BEANIE:
    You down with Other People's Pizza? Get this 100% Acrylic Classic Fit Beanie designed by Matthew Hollister. One Size Fits All.

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    LIMITED EDITION DR. OCTAGON PRINT. In this Kickstarter exclusive we're offering limited Edition prints of the Dr. Octagonecologyst album that Lenox draws in the film. He also got to meet Kool Keith, ask him highly important questions about doo doo pistols and moosebumps and gave him the original marker drawing. By opting for this reward you will be getting one of 100 prints of Keith's original. Each print is 8.5 x 11 inches printed with archival ink on 80lb stock, and signed by the Yung God himself. You’ll also get an OG postcard, a pack of stickers and a digital download of the film.

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    O.G. POSTCARD SET: Get your hands on all five postcard versions of the original rap portraits drawn when Lenox was just 5. Never before released as a pack, it includes Gucci Mane, Biggie, Lil Boosie, Cam'ron & Mac Dre. Mail 'em, hang 'em, do what you like. We'll also send you stickers and a download of the film when it's released.

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    LIVE FAST, DRAW YUNG BOOK - Together with Lenox and Skip we're making the first ever Yung Lenox art book. Loaded with our favorite YL images this perfect bounded, glue-stitched, printed book will also include exclusive stills from the film, never before seen doodles, quotes, text by Skip, Lenox, and much more. We'll also include an OG postcard, sticker park and digital download of the film when it is released.

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    2 LIVE CREW SILKSCREEN PRINT: We are psyched to be offering a limited edition run of 50 silkscreened prints of Lenox's drawing of 2 Live Crew's classic album “Nasty As They Wanna Be”. One of the most iconic rap albums of all time, this album was one of Skip’s favorite childhood records, and it plays a significant role in the film. Each print is 16 x 20”, hand pulled, numbered and signed by the Yung Lord himself. In the poster package you will also receive a 3-pack of Yung Lenox stickers, a 5-pack of original Yung Lenox postcards, a mixtape and a copy of the film.

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    #BingBangSwag "YUNG MONEY" CLIP:
    It’s all about the Benjamin’s baby! A Kickstarter exclusive adapted from the new BB swag collection, this rose gold money clip is customized for the Yung God himself. Single sided engraving. *As per image below - sans "O"

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    ORIGINAL MARKER DRAWING: We've got ten Yung Lenox marker drawings that were used in the making of the opening title sequence. YUNG LENOX, LIVE FAST or DRAW YUNG were redesigned in the style of some of hip hop's most classic albums. These are originals - not prints - so there's only ten of these one of a kind drawings to give away.
    Magic Marker, 8.5 x 11 inches, signed by Lenox. You’ll also get a Dr. Octagon Print, OG Postcard Set, a pack of stickers and the digital download of the film.

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    SUPER FAN PACKAGE: Thank you for your support! Along with our eternal gratitude you'll get the Live Fast, Draw Yung book, a numbered 2 Live Crew silkscreen print, the Dr. Octagon print, an OG Postcard set, digital mixtape, stickers, a copy of the film and a big fat high five. Thank you.

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    YUNG LENOX COMMISSION: Want an original work of your choosing? Sometimes the opportunity arises, and it doesn’t come around too often, when the Yung God graces the world with a free hour of his time to draw a custom commission of your choice. Be it your favorite album cover, picture, or film poster, Lenox has generously offered to bust out the magic markers and draw 5 lucky people whatever their heart so desires. You will also receive all the items in the Premier Package above.

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    PREMIER PACKAGE: Wow, thank you SO much! Not only will you get to join us at the premier of the film, you will also be treated to a pre-show taco session with our crew. And because you are so freaking awesome you will also get all the other memorabilia in the Super Fan Package above…including a digital download of the film, the book, a silkscreen 2 Live Crew print, Limited edition Kool Keith print, 5-pack of original postcards, digital mixtape, stickers and a big fat high five.
    (flights & accommodation not included)

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    GIVE US ALL YOUR MONEY: Well if you're really feeling generous then who are we to say no?! You'll get everything in the Premier Package as well as an Associate Producer credit in the film and our eternal gratitude because you are truly wonderful.

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