best aspiring weirdo (2008)

JOSHUA GABRIEL

He spray-paints his name on his tattered shirts, makes videos about himself, plays guitar, DJs, and draws on supermodels. He's JOSHUA GABRIEL, an ill-defined artist-musician whose creativity oozes into obscure forums. The true treats are his 40-minute freestyle tapes, in which he rhymes for 40 minutes nonstop while weeded out. A fluorescent sticker warns that frustration leads to "the development of a hyper-conceited egomaniac alter-ego who says his own name over 50 times on this one tape." (Could be a low estimate.) This, like much of his work, reads as a semi-intentional parody of the artist's ego.

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