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- Pure Beauty black vinyl
- USB - In an effort to share ‘information and love’ as directly as possible, Shirt gives you access to 1,000 private digital images from his iPhone camera, taken between September 2015 and October 2017, when he moved to Europe and began writing & recording the album Pure Beauty. The images, edited from a library of over 30,000 photos, were shot in 8 countries and 15 cities worldwide. They depict artworks, pages of books, spaces, friends, and other small details. Many of the photos were taken illicitly and against the wishes of gallery directors, exhibition holders and museums. In releasing them Shirt wants you to know that he vehemently rejects the restriction of information by any means. You are free to use any of the images as your own, in whatever form you like—no credit to Shirt is needed.
- Shirt T-Shirt*
Third Man Records has been searching for a hip-hop artist whose multidisciplinary vision, immovable work ethic and natural sense of aesthetic are compatible our label’s mission. The label is proud to release Pure Beauty by mysterious Queens, New York visual artist, designer and rapper SHIRT.
SHIRT has been heavily invested in the legendary NY rap underground and praised by various online tastemakers and critics for his vital perspective, refreshing production choices and thoughtful lyricism. Everything about his creative output is “classic New York shit...melding high art with lowbrow aspiration; it’s champagne and loosies, bottle service and Metrocards” (Pitchfork). Pure Beauty will be SHIRT’s rst full-length album since the release of Rap Money EP on Closed Sessions/Nike Adidas Records in 2015.
Pure Beauty is an ode to the work of artist John Baldessari and features his 1968 conceptual art piece of the same name as the album artwork, courtesy of Baldessari and his team. The album’s central theme focuses on beauty in its simplest and rawest form—selected beats are recorded and re-recorded, stripped down and left blaring. Verses exist as rst and only takes. iPhone voice memos are dispersed throughout studio recordings; live conversations left unedited.
Pure Beauty was meant to drop as a self-released digital album in November 2017, until Third Man Records entered the picture. In the 25th hour via Instagram DMs, SHIRT responded to our DM slide and allowed us to listen to the record early.
With no physical version planned, Third Man offered to sign SHIRT, release Pure Beauty digitally, and press this tour de force on vinyl at our pressing plant in Detroit. The lead single for Pure Beauty, titled “Flight Home” is now available alongside its music video.
*Printed on 100% Cotton
Medium: Length 29", Width 20", Sleeve Length 8.75"
Large: Length 30", Width 22", Sleeve Length 8.5"
X Large: Length 31", Width 24", Sleeve Length 8.5"