Chris Classic has always struck me as an interesting and well informed individual. During our random encounters, we always have some great conversations. In town to visit his son, I was able to cross paths with Chris for a feature on Chucks&Cameras. Traveling from Atlanta, Chris didn’t pack a pair of Chucks, so we stopped by the Converse Store in Soho to grab a pair of the classic black & white Chucks..
This year the Puerto Rican Parade in NYC falls on the best day in the world to me, my birthday. After a long night of celebrating I contemplated for a long long time getting out my bed to walk down 5th Ave in the heat. But it was so worth it, I had a blast interacting with the parade-goers.
Having no press pass did not stop me from getting on the right side of the barriers. Using a little finesse, next thing I knew, I was walking down 47th St towards 5th ave. The streets, as you can imagine, were full of life and high energy. Everyone reppin’ and shouting Spanish words i could barely translate, if any (I’m one of those Puerto Ricans lol).
I decided to go to the parade for the whole experience and to also get some shots of people rocking Sol Republic Headphones, who commissioned me for some photos. What can I say, I have the best job in the world.
Check out some of my favorite photos from the day.
Today, Hot 97 decided to release it’s first line up for this year’s Summer Jam. Flash backs to a few years ago instantly popped into my head. The time is 2013. My first ever NY Summer Jam ever. I’ve always heard and read stories about how crazy Summer Jam can be. I wasn’t just an attendee for the days festivities. Because of my mentor, Nunez, I had an All Access pass, to the whole stadium.
My photo responsibilities that day included getting BTS photos of the Vevo room where majority of the days artist would stop by to do short interviews. Though I missed the actual performances live in person (we had a flat screen set up in the back of the room), I’m sure any fan would of traded places with me in an heart beat. Almost every artist on the roster stopped by. So many are still some of my favorite artist including Miguel, J. Cole, the A$AP Crew (RIP Yamz), Joe Budden, Wale, TDE (Kendrick Lamar, SchoolBoy Q, Jay Rock, Ab Soul, Wu Tang, Lil Kim, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Ross, and many many more… What a day!!