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Enjoy a small sampling of my work from New York Fashion Week in September, featuring collections for Spring Summer 2012. I shot and edited backstage beauty, celebrities, Fashion’s Night out and more than 45 runway shows. WHEWWW! Stay tuned for photos from this season!

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Candlelight Video

This is a video from two of our photographers, Andrea Hanks & Nathan Pickett at Candlelight Serenade 2010

Candlelight Serenade from Nathan Pickett and Andrea Hanks.

To view the article on line go here.  To check out the freestyle Kosha performed about me go here and watch the slideshow!

Kosha Dillz and Freeway speak in tongues before A3C

Two MCs. Two religions. One mic.

by Rodney Carmichael @Rappin_Rodney

Freeway; Kosha Dillz

BIZ 3; ANDREA HANKS

Freeway; Kosha Dillz

New Jersey native Kosha Dillz would never be mistaken for the guy Mos Def was referring to when he rapped the now infamous line, “some tall Israeli is running this rap shit.” Despite his Jewish wink-of-a-stage name, Dillz is not that tall — nor is he cashing in on hip-hop on the same plane as former Island/Def Jam exec Lyor Cohen. Not yet, anyway. The closest the unsigned MC with a penchant for rhyming in Hebrew has probably come to seeing a fat a$$ check is when he toured the Czech Republic last year — get it, Czech Republic — with former Roc-A-Fella rapper and practicing Muslim Freeway. Though the two come from opposite sides of the religious aisle, they were both there to represent hip-hop — as they will again on the HipHopDX stage at this year’s A3C Fest. With the cross-cultural connect already established, CL eavesdropped on a conversation between them in preview of the show.

Kosha Dillz: I actually had grown up listening to you when I was about 18, 19 and it’s kinda funny because as a teen, I had come from more of a street life, too. We were listening to Freeway, doing whatever we were doing in New Brunswick, N.J., and then I had gone away and done time. Then I came out as Kosha Dillz and I became this sort of Jewish rapper, kind of iconic figure for Jewish kids. And Freeway, you’ve been one of the more successful rappers that converted to Islam and traveled to Mecca. And now we’re doing a show together and having this interview. So I just think that’s kinda ill.
Freeway: Yeah, definitely.

KD: What made you make the switch from your old life to your current life?
F: Well, you know I’m from Philadelphia and it’s basically a predominantly Islamic community that I grew up in. My mother was Christian and my father was in something kind of like a cult — it was this thing called the Nation of Alkebulan. It was this church where we talked about the betterment of black people, you know. So I was raised on that. Basically my father was the man of the household, so we had to do what he said to do. But once I was old enough, I explored religion I realized Islam is the religion for me.

KD: Are a lot of people reaching out to you as far as you becoming more publicly visible the longer you stay with it?
F: It’s people that know about me being Muslim that follow my music, and it’s people that follow my music that aren’t aware I’m a Muslim. It depends on how deep they listen and how much they observe my music, you know. But I do get people that say they’re happy to see me doing what I’m doing, and I do get people that say I need to leave that music alone. So it comes from both angles.

KD: I went to Jerusalem to learn how to Yeshiva — kinda like when you went out to Mecca and made the Hajj, Jewish kids go and study with rabbis and scholars and that’s a good place for me to create a lot of cool music in Israel. Is there any place like that that you might go, like take six months off to go study?
F: I definitely have plans to go back to Saudi Arabia and perform another Umrah and a Hajj. And definitely, I’m sitting down and studying with some people.

KD: Do you think you’ll record out there?
F: Oh naw, I don’t think I’ll be doing any recording out there. The thing that I do when I’m out there is I try to talk to the kids in that country and let them know how blessed they are in the Holy Land. ‘Cause a lotta kids over there look at the things we’re doing over here and think that it’s better than what they’re doing. When, in all actuality, it’s better where they’re at, ’cause they’re right there in the Holy Land where the Kaaba is, they’re in the land where we pray to, they’re in the land where all the scholars are — whereas we have to travel 15 hours on a plane to get over there, you know what I’m sayin’?
KD: For sure.

F: Do you feel like you’ve got more to prove to fans who might prejudge you based on what they see?
KD: Yeah, I just don’t think that Jews have had the largest success at being dope MCs. I mean, [we] had MC Serch and [we] have the Beastie Boys. I kinda have a lot of barriers, but I think persistence, commitment and perseverance is something that I want to [use to] prove myself. I’ve always been in that boat — always being doubted when I step into the arena.

F: Yeah, that’s like me. When I first got in the game I was counted out. They told me wouldn’t nobody want to hear a whole album of my raps cause my voice is annoying. I heard all kinds of stuff: Like I was the first rapper with a beard, young guy with this, like, weird Islam — it’s a lot of stuff that I’ve overcome, so I feel you.
KD: I always like the odd-ball-out because I’ve always been the odd-ball-out. I was at Rock the Bells and RZA brought me on stage and people were backstage thinking I was like his lawyer or something. So it’s always like something to prove. Do you think you would ever go and study in Israel, because the Golden Rock is out there and it’s the third holiest site for Muslims out in Israel?

F: Definitely, if the opportunity presented itself.
KD: I think it would be really cool. Everyone really knows you out there because Israel’s really big on that level of hip-hop. You would be the most prominent figure from hip-hop and Islam to study there, so I think that’d be a really cool bridging the gap, and positive even for Israel.
F: That’s what’s up, man.

KD: Have you had a lot of Jewish friends, like just around the way?
F: In Philly it’s not really a lot of Jewish people. In my hood it’s either you’re Christian or you’re Muslim. I mean I’m sure it’s Jewish people there, but they’re not on the forefront like that so I didn’t really have too many Jewish friends growing up.

KD: Well I’d love to invite you over for a Shabbat dinner or something like that when you come out to L.A. If there’s anything you want me to find out for you while [I'm] in Israel, if I can help you get out there with some of the Muslim dudes — [the rapper] Shine’s out there studying, so we could get the whole thing going on, you know.
F: Definitely, I’m open to it so we’ll do it.

KD: Freeway, man, let’s build. Let’s try to bang out a joint and shock the world, you know.
F: Definitely.

See full schedule of A3C Hip Hop Festival performances, panel discussions and demos atwww.a3cfestival.com.

I was able to work together with some of Utah’s TOP wedding vendors last fall, and the result?  One fantastic project.  Check it out here or to see the post which was featured on The Bride and Groom.com go here.

Film by~Kale Fitch Films

I wanted to share this wedding collaboration with you to help inspire you to create your own wedding inspiration.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant, or expensive.  It just has to be personal, inspiration & tug at the heart strings.  When planning your wedding remember who will be watching your wedding video years from now.  Or might want to wear your wedding dress and stomp around in your old wedding shoes.  Your day just end after the wedding.  Think of it as just the beginning.  A beginning to a new, wonderful life together as a married couple  and what your future may hold.

That is what this wedding collaboration is to me.  A reminder of all things wedding are beautiful & you can create your own by adding a personal touch to everything you do. Have fun putting your own wedding celebration together & create a love story to share with everyone you meet.

Special thanks to all the amazing wedding vendors who put this amazing collaboration together.

Photography~Andrea Hanks Photography

Film~Kale Fitch Films

Vintage Cars~Something Vintage Something Blue

Dresses~Modest Couture By Elizabeth

Hair & Make-Up~Versa Artistry

Models~Anisa Rianna, Elijah Radford, Katy Kamahele

Assistants~Katy Kamahele & John Hanks

To see more images from this great collaboration check out a previous post here &here.

Photography by~Andrea Hanks Photography

Vanilla Ice

September 27, 2010

Does the name Vanilla Ice bring back memories of a time filled with fluorescent clothing, large hoop earrings, peg legged stone washed jeans, and of course big, big bangs?  Well, don’t be fooled into thinking that Vanilla Ice is stuck in the 90′s.  Yes, he is back and but with his come back he is not singing rap…Vanilla has a cool new sound.  I think Vanilla is a wonderful performer…but what is he like backstage?  Even cooler.  Yep, he is one down to earth guy who puts everyone around him at ease.  Enjoy the photos and the slideshow, but don’t fooled into thinking that “Ice, Ice Baby” is the only song Ice will be known for.  Check out his new stuff here.

Here is a video from the night I shot Vanilla Ice performing. (You can see me in the bottom right hand corner of the frame photographing the show!)

Third Eye Blind

September 13, 2010

Third Eye Blind is another group I was able to cover at Candlelight Serenade. I am sure most of you will recognize them as a really popular group in the 90′s.  Also, Abraham Millet, the bass player for the band is really cool! Once again, thanks to Michael Mangum, the director of photography for the event, for asking me to be the backstage photographer with an all access pass for the day.  Enjoy the slideshow!

Third Eye Blind with Utah’s Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff

Snoop Dogg

August 9, 2010

I was one of four photographers with media credentials for  Snoop Dogg’s concert in Park City, Utah this year.   I have found that most people either love or hate him.  Either way,  there is no argument saying that he is a huge superstar, and I was there as a photographer for the event.   Enjoy the slideshow!

Kosha Dillz

June 18, 2010

I would like to introduce a great friend of mine who is quickly becoming a very well know hip hop artist…he is going on tour with Snoop Dogg this summer! His stage name is Kosha Dillz, but his real name is Rami. I am not sure which is bigger, his talent or his heart. He is willing to help anyone, including 3 helpless kitties. Kosha is Jewish and chooses to only eat Kosha brand meats. One of the things that can be difficult as an artist of any type, is finding people to believe in you and what you can offer the world. A lot of people who do really well in show biz have agents or record companies promoting them. Kosha has done all of it by himself with the support of friends and family. If you are into hip hop, I suggest you check him out. He is FRESH! I have photographed two of his shows as well as one amazing portrait session at Saltair. Jon Woodbury was kind enough to come along and assist as well as  shoot with me-the results are awesome. To check out more of Kosha go here. To see Jon’s photos from the shoot go here. I am about ready to tell you the coolest part about this post…are you ready?  REALLY?  You really have to watch the slideshow because the song in the slideshow is one that Kosha wrote just for ME! I LOVE IT. Enjoy!

2 AM Club

June 18, 2010

Another group that will blow up soon! Don’t take my word for it, read here. The boys’ first album is slated to be released this summer and RCA is going to use some of my pictures to promote it! These guys are going to kill it! Check out their website here.

Mike Posner

June 18, 2010

Everyone keep a close eye on this guy…he is going to be huge. Check Mike out here