Rap Dads is an ongoing film photo series and hand written account by yours truly in conjunction with dads who rap, produce, and work in the hip hop industry.
Over the past year I've traveled to the homes of individuals in the hip hop world and photographed them with their children on film, had the children draw pictures of their father with crayons, and asked both the fathers and their children to fill out questionnaires about music, their lives, and fatherhood.
These unedited, raw snapshots and hand written accounts provide an intimate look into the side of rappers, producers, and executives' lives we rarely get to see.
Some rappers leave the stage and head to the store to buy diapers. Some producers spend their royalties on baby food. Some managers say goodnight to their children via facetime before concerts.
To take a page out of Frank Ocean's lyric book, these humans have three lives balanced on their heads like steak knives- their life as a father, as an individual, and as an artist.
Below you'll find the Rap Dads I've photographed so far.
Scarub, born Armon Collins, is a member of the hip hop group Living Legends and leads a successful career as a solo-artist (rapping, producing, and engineering). He's a single father to two children- Indigo (15 years old at the time of photos) and El' Leon (6 years old at the time of photos).
Location: Scarub's house in Northeast Los Angeles, CA
Myke Bogan, who raps under his given name, is a solo artist. Having spent time in Montana and Portland, Oregon, Myke is currently living in his hometown along with his children- Takai (7.5 years old at the time of photos) and Tayvian (5 years old at the time of photos).
Location: Myke's parent's house in Northridge, CA
Thurz, born Yannick Koffi, is a rapper, creator, and curator of Party In My Living Room, a house party series thrown in Los Angeles, CA. He's a father to two children- Yanai (9 years old at the time of photos) and Kingston (2 years old at the time of photos).
Location: Thurz's house in Inglewood, CA
House Shoes, born Michael Buchanan, is a producer and DJ from Detroit, Michigan, and is the founder and CEO of a record label called Street Corner Music. He is a single father of two children- James (8 years old at the time of photos) and Eliana (4 years old at the time of photos).
Location: His apartment in Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA
Good Joon, born Jess Willard IV, is a member of the hip hop group Overdoz. He's a father to one child- Cinco, born Jess Willard V, (4 years old at the time of photos).
Location: Joon's Grandmother's house in Altadena, CA