BRICK is a new hip-hop print publication that I co-founded with photographer Hayley Louisa Brown. It drops officially on 26th March and will be available in stores nationwide as well as select stores internationally and online. It was a great challenge to curate a magazine for the current generation of hip-hop fan - a kid who could be equally influenced by Drake and DOOM - and I'm proud and honoured by the line-up of guests that the resulting product boasts. Check out my editor's letter below and head here to pre-order Edition One...
Coming from a generation that preaches the four elements of hip-hop, it was important that BRICK demonstrated the growth and expansion of the culture from the outset. Whilst b-boying, graffiti, DJing and, of course, rapping are all very much alive, this generation is full of journalists, photographers, designers, stylists and countless other creatives that identify as hip-hop. The culture is a free form, youthful and creative one that borrows from the past and reimagines the future. The 2014 hip-hop practitioner can engage with everything from the dusty vinyls of the Lex Records storeroom, to the sex-drenched club jams of Ty Dolla $ign. These needn’t be mutually exclusive.
We are lucky enough to be starting off with a bang, compiling the stories of multiple cover star-worthy artists into these pages. Wiz Khalifa speaks to Manchester band Murkage about inspiring a new generation; ScHoolboy Q and YG tell the story of two of last years best rap albums; Joey Bada$$ and Tinashe talk the transition from mixtape star to debut album and T.I. and Cam'ron discuss retaining relevance with over fifteen years in the game.
We've also spotlighted the next generation with a line-up of artists you'd regret sleeping on including a special focus on the prominence of young creatives currently inhabiting Atlanta. In addition, we're proud to have some of the pioneers of hip-hop journalism on board, as O.G. hip-hop blogger Byron Crawford aka Bol tells the story of Run the Jewels and we raid the archives of London photographer Mike Lewis, revealing unseen shots of Big L, BlackStar and more.
Just as BRICK goes to print, we’ve been struck by news of the tragic passing of A$AP Yams. The man was an inspiration for our mission. A hip-hop obsessive known for bridging the gaps between regions and styles; he has been a positive force in moving the culture forward and will be sorely missed. We’d been reaching out, hoping to interview him for these pages, but things didn’t end up lining up. There was always the next time - or so we thought. We dedicate this first edition to A$AP Yams, R.I.P.
We also gave an exclusive from the Wiz Khalifa cover feature to the good folks at MissInfo, check that out here...