Hip-hop is having a renaissance right now in the city of New York, where it seems like every other day a new MC rises up out of the five boroughs with an even more unique style and approach to the music than what we thought was possible before. Motley crews like the A$AP Mob, the Beast Coast, and World's Fair have given us a reason to love rhymes again. We've written a lot about this stuff, but sometimes words don't do it justice. So, we've linked up with scene insider Verena Stefanie Grotto to document the new New York movement as it happens in real time, with intimate shots of rappers, scenesters, artists, and fashion fiends.
This week Verena spent a day around New York City’s Chinatown shooting A$AP Mob affiliate Ian Connor and fashion designer Danii Phae. The shoot was inspired by the 1986 film, Big Trouble in Little China, directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrell.