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1998, 90s, bronx, get by, hiphop, mos def, mosdef, new york, new york city, ny, nyc, rocksteady, talib, talibweli, tdoteric, tericmonroe, thebronx, themoment -

When we saw each other, we greeted. Mos Def gestured that they were about to go on stage.

I motioned my hand asking to take one photo of him and Talib. They looked at each other and agreed. I stepped back, focused my Yashica Mat (124 G) camera, took one shot and thanked them as they headed for the stage.

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1995, 90s, art, as one, background, culture, hiphop, moment, moments, music, new york, nyc, pharcyde, photograph, photography, rap, signature, t. eric monroe, tdoteric, themoment, thepharcyde -

Using the ambient light in the hallway I began shooting them from different angles. After the first 8 frames, the group relaxed and stopped doing the typical 'rap, yo!' poses, vibing with each other. Each of their actions was fluid, in sync with the movements of the others. If there was a low angle shift, someone else moved high; if someone gave a look, someone else would motion or adjust their look to stay complementary to the person adjacent.

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badu, erykah, erykah badu, hiphop, holdmel, music, nj, photo, photography, pncarts, queen, signature2, signatureseries2.0, tdoteric, themoment -

Casually, I still snapped a photo here and there of Erykah’s set, but there wasn’t with the same sense of urgency as if I had been shooting the show from the Pit, in front of the stage. I was able to actually watch and enjoy the performance. Sitting a decent way back still allowed me to capture a few moments, but at a natural pace. I used my Tamron telephoto lens, no flash, one roll of color film and one roll of black and white film.

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1996, 90s, culture, delasoul, hiphop, mtv, music, peace, rings, rza, studio, themoment, wutang -

A few minutes later, RZA walked up the sidewalk. I remember seeing the rings on his hand from a distance. As RZA approached the MTV studio doors, I stood in the sidewalk, greeted RZA with “Peace,” and asked him if I could take a picture of his rings.

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