Hip Hop

JOEY BADA$$

Photographing Joey Bada$$ in Bushwick. He was totally cool, we drove around in the car from the Mad Max movie looking at locations, lots of good industrial spots to shoot, locals coming up to talk to him. Great new album.

SALOMON

A day in Harlem photographing the rapper Salomon for Interview Magazine. We catch the 1 train uptown, styled by Melissa Levy, Salomon is wearing Prada. Later on 118th street he rocks it in Comme de Garcons with shorts and sneakers. Ladies coming up to him to say he looks ‘fine’.

RAY BLK

In London, late November, to photograph Ray BLK for Interview Magazine. I love her soulful hit “My Hood” (f. Stormzy). She’s a South London girl singing about her hood, we photographed her in Brixton on the street outside the fried chicken chain Morley’s that she mentions on the album Durt. 

Ray captures the tough realities of inner city life, and is passionate about Black Lives Matter : “everything that’s going on is too crazy to ignore, and I feel like any time you see an injustice, if you don’t speak up you’re a part of the problem”

GHETTO GASTRO

 

 

Ghetto Gastro Bronx

Photographed the Ghetto Gastro crew outside a local deli in the Bronx for Interview Magazine. Ghetto Gastro’s core crew is Jon Gray, a Bronx native and ringleader of Ghetto Gastro, Lester Walker, who grew up with Gray in Co-Op City, and trained as a chef; Malcolm Livingston II, a pastry chef from the Bronxdale Houses and Eastchester; and Pierre Serrao, 28, a chef who trained in Italy. “We form like Voltron—everybody has their own specialty” They are bringing ‘Boogie Down Bronx’ style to the culinary arts. fusing high and low culture and cuisine.

 

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Bronx graffiti

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Wall opposite the old Bronx courthouse is a timeline of hand style signatures from 1960’s to present day.

Tribe Called Quest release limited edition 45’s box set

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I ran into Jarobi from Tribe Called Quest at Streetbird, chef Marcus Samuelsson’s latest spot in Harlem, a few weeks ago. Heard that they are releasing a limited edition box set of 45’s to commemorate the’Tribe’ 25th anniversary of the 1990 debut “People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm”. Fun, funky and infectious songs: I Left My Wallet In El Segundo” and “Can I Kick It”,  social messages: “Push It Along” and “Pubic Enemy”  and much more soul and jazz inflected, great beats.

 Above is my photo of ‘Tribe’, with Jarobi’s little brother taken in 1990, at Chelsea Flower Market which was the closest we could get in NYC to a tropical vibe. Love their afrocentric style mixed with true hip hop vibe.  Yes I am still a big fan. You can catch Jarobi hosting down at Mobile Mondays! December 14  for the official release party after 10pm.

PARIS

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My great friend Marco in Paris emailed me today : “I did this painting today with the help of my crew ( Grim Team ) helping me out on place de la Republique! Its Paris motto : float don’t sink! “.

I was in Paris with him in January weeks after the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ bombings and in April for a show at the Musee d’Arabe. It’s a beautiful city with so much heart and soul. It will rise above this shit again. Art fights senseless violence and destruction.

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Stretch & Bobbito

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Went to see the Stretch & Bobbito movie in Harlem and take a photo of the legendary duo.

The Stretch and Bobbito Show started on WKCR-FM (Columbia University’s student radio) in 1990 and ran for eight years. They introduced the world to unsigned artists such as Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, Big Pun, Jay Z and Eminem. The late-night program had a cult following everyone from music lovers to guys in prison tuning in for the offbeat humor, interviews and the exclusive tunes.

Bobbito says that he realized while making the film : “300 million-plus records have been sold by the unsigned artists that came to our show. The first time I added it up, I was like, you’ve got to be fucking kidding me.” Those huge celebrity musicians all turned up to be on screen for this movie, showing love and respect for Stretch and Bob and the radio show changed music forever.

Their movie Stretch and Bobbito: Radio that Changed Lives is a must see for any hip hop music lover. It will make you happy.

 

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PHOTOVILLE 2015

 

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“Back then it was down to earth photographs taken in scruffy clubs or backstage changing rooms. Today everything is so ‘thought about’ image-concious, marketed and packaged. I know which I prefer. ” Sir Paul Smith Menswear Designer and British Style Icon

Three months ago the United Photo Industries crew Dave, Laura and Sam came by my studio – they asked me to curate a show for the opening night of Photoville: the best music photographs from the last 4 decades, we called it ‘Down & Dirty’. They were also drawn to the ‘MashUp’ project that I had hanging on the wall (legends from the graffiti world painting on my old school hip hop photos).

I’ve spent the last three months combing through rock n roll music images and the result is ‘Down & Dirty’ on display in a shipping container at Photoville, there is a free limited edition newspaper and of course the slide show which will be shown on Thursday during the opening night party. Plus extra bonus is a mega ‘MashUp’ created by artists Cey Adams and Queen Andrea on the side of our container (visible to the folk stuck in traffic on the BQE)

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This show endeavors to highlight some of the great photographers that have documented music over the last four decades. These photographers followed bands capturing whatever they could, from intimate moments at home to fans crowd surfing at concerts, to gritty backstage scenes. The images were mostly created without the help of hair and makeup, stylists, no management in sight, just the photographer and the musician(s). Photographers, some you’ll have heard of and some not but you will know their images – such as Roberta Bayley, Godlis and Bob Gruen who captured the East Coast punk scene, Mick Rock who hung out with Bowie and Iggy and shot the glam rock scene, Chalkie Davis who shot the 2 Tone scene in the UK, David Corio and Adrian Boot who shot UK punk and reggae in Jamaica, Glen E Freidman who shot West coast punk, hip hop and skateboard culture, Danny Clinch ‘s photographs of so many genres from Tupac to Johnny Cash, Lawrence Watson’s post punk Brit pop, Jonathan Mannion, Michael Lavine’s 90’s hip hop, Michael Putland’s classic rock, Mel D Cole’s modern hip hop classics and the list goes on.

None of this would have been possible without the help of Julie Grahame (for those that don’t know Julie ran one of the world’s biggest music photo agencies), AmandaGorence fabulous photo editor and producer, and the Photoville posse who were crazy enough to ask me to do this.

And the beat goes on! Hope to see you at the opening this Thursday

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Crazy Legs

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Congratulations to breaking pioneer Richard “Crazy Legs” Colón of the legendary Rock Steady Crew who was honored at McDonalds B-Boy Royale today with a Lifetime Achievement Award. I took these photos of Crazy Legs in 1983 at the Roxy.

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