In case you are wondering what the significance of the number 1520 is, ‘1520 Sedgwick Avenue’ was the official birthplace of hip-hop. Dj Kool Herc hosted the first hip hop parties there, back when hip hop was extremely underground (no records made), exclusive (was only experienced live), competitive but also hated by a lot of people (not regarded as ‘real music’). Hip-Hop started as a way for minorities living in the Bronx to just have fun and let loose despite all the struggles they faced. This care free attitude of hip-hop is what I try to capture in this shoot. I find it crazy and amazing how far hip-hop has come since then. Hip-hop now being sooo diverse (thanks to legends such as Dr Dre, Andre 3000 and Kanye West), has slowly become one of my favourite genres today.
Photography and Creative Direction by wa-ko
If you want to learn more about the exciting word of hip-hop, I highly recommend watching ‘The Get Down’ and ‘Hip-Hop Evolution’ both on Netflix!