Jay-Z. Diddy. Mary J. Blige. Outkast. Nas. Russell Simmons. Chuck D. These are just a few of the legends on display in the world premiere of Jamil GS: American Royalty, opening on Friday October 6, 2017, at Le Fix Gallery, Copenhagen. The vernissage begins at 6:00 PM and will feature a live show and DJ set by Jeru the Damaja, a DJ set by Tue Track, and an artist talk featuring Jamil GS and Jeru the Damaja, moderated by music aficionado Fergus Murphy. Following the opening, the after party will held at Condesa starting at 10:30 PM.
Please take 3 minutes to enjoy this Visual piece I created for ALO WALA'S latest release 'PARALYZED'. I had an amazing time and allot of fun working with top talent from all over the world, literally. It's a good starting point when the content is original and inspiring like fresh biscuits out the oven.
When I was just a teen in the mid 8o's, I was heavily inspired by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant's book SUBWAY ART. I spent summers in NY and saw amazing things first hand, but this book was the first vast documentation of the early masterpieces created by the original NEW YORK Graffiti Kings. It is responsible for catapulting myself into a journey as a burgeoning Graff writer in Copenhagen, fearlessly painting trains in broad daylight. Later I swapped the cans for the camera and continued my journey as a visual artist thru photography. About a decade later i became familiar with Jamel Shabazz, who to this day I am still being confused with occasionally, and Joe Conzo, another style master with the camera in the right place at the right time. All of the above are photographers that I respect and revere for their talent and dedication to creating and capturing a vital piece of our culture and history. So to be put in the same category and mentioned as a legend beside them is an honorable feeling.
2016 had me whipping out my Shaolin Tiger and Snake styles to maintain the positive. I am grateful for the prism of opportunities that showered me through the strangest of times; some highlights of the year below. Get your horse stance on.
Dec. 23. 2016 - Mass Appeal released an article and interview in their series Contact High: The Stories Behind Hip Hop’s Most Iconic Photographs, talking about my experience with photographing Jeru the Damaja, mental Kung Fu and the importance of early Hip Hop and street culture in general. Interview by Vikki Tobak
Bitchslap Magazine published a 16 page interview and feature in their 27th issue, exploring my journey as a photographer and the importance of Hip Hop Culture.
Nov. 18. 2016 - Sole Times in Dubai wrote a nice piece about my collaboration with ATW in the spirit of Jay Z’s 20th anniversary of Reasonable Doubt album. The collaboration was presented at SOLE DXB 2016.
My friends and family at GeeJam, at the forefront of barefoot luxury in Jamaica, interviewed me about my relationship with the Island, my inspiration, destination and the drive behind my creative spirit.
Nectar TV Agency site is an ongoing project worth seeing. Click image.
On a recent dive into my archives, I dug out a shoot as old as the equivalent of the minimum drinking age in the states. JAY Z for his first official press shoot in 1995. Vikki Tobak just wrote an eloquent story behind the shoot for the Contact High Project project in Mass Appeal, celebrating iconic moments captured on real film. I hope you have time to read a little about this entertaining moment in hip hop and visual disruption history.