Back in 1990, a young French photographer named Xavier De Nauw snuck backstage after Ice-T’s performance in Paris and captured the rapper “flipping the bird” after one of his first performances abroad. Just a few years earlier, Ice-T had released his debut album Rhyme Pays, the first hip-hop record to feature the Parental Advisory warning label. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the album, streetwear imprint ONEST HOMME used De Nauw’s image for an apparel collaboration. De Nauw’s collection of slides as well as his contact sheets from his shoot with Ice-T a few years later, speak to a certain level of access that is rare in today’s photographer/subject relationship. French-born and L.A.-based De Nauw also recently curated Represent, an important online auction of hip-hop photography presented for ArtNet.
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