Category: rap


The Beastie Boys photographed by Deborah Feingold, 1987.


LL Cool J with Cut Creator, E Love and B-Rock photographed by Janette Beckman for the British music weekly Melody Maker, 1987.


2Pac photographed by Jeffery Newbury, 1992.


LL Cool J and Kidada Jones 

LL Cool J and Kidada Jones dated from 1992 to 1994. In his book I Make My Own Rules, LL said he cared about


and respected her but he broke up with her because of her spirituality beliefs. 

“She would go to an ashram, consult a guru, and pray to statues… Before my album 14 Shots to the Dome dropped, Kidada told me she threw some kind of stick into the eternal fire for my album. I was like ‘Yo why did you do that? I didn’t ask you to do that!’ That joint flopped crazily. ‘Oh, well, I’m sorry I cared!’ she said. I had hurt her feelings, but she had hurt me too. I know she meant well, but I just couldn’t get with that. She took me to her guru once and I remember kneeling before this strange young woman who was touching feathers.”


TLC photographed by Ron Davis, 1999.

Lil’ Bow Wow, circa 2000. 

Photo by Tim Roney

Vanilla Ice photographed by Photo by Robin Platzer, 🗽, 1990

Vanilla Ice photographed by Photo by Robin Platzer, New York, 1990


Left Eye and Andre Rison photographed by Chris Cuffaro, 2000. 

1988 portrait of a then-unknown JAY-Z, still eight years away from releasing his debut album. At the time, he had a single appearance on wax to his name (High Potent’s “H.P. Gets Busy”—the Nas-mocked “Hawaiian Sophie,” where Hov makes a small cameo and appears in the video, wouldn’t even be released until the following year). Photographed by Timothy White, Los Angeles, 1988.