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Legendary Hip Hop Photographer Chi Modu Takes His Work to Lagos for 'Uncategorized' Homecoming Exhibition

The Nigerian-American photographer's iconic photos will be on display in Lagos this December in a show sponsored by BUD X and curated by Melanin Unscripted.

Chi Modu is the prolific Nigerian-American photographer and documentarian behind some of hip-hop's most iconic images—and when we say iconic, we're talking the Notorious B.I.G in a coogi sweater in front of the Twin Towers and 2Pac mid-smoke showing of the words "Thug Life" tattoo across his stomach.


Photo by Chi Modu.

This coming December, the photographer's work will make its way to Lagos, for a homecoming exhibition in partnership with Budweiser's music platform BUD X—which celebrates music culture around the world. The event will be curated by photographer, documentarian and writer Amarachi Nwosu's budding new platform Melanin Unscripted. It will be the first time the artist's photos will be on display on the continent.

Modu captured hip hop's golden era like no other, shooting the likes of Nas, Mobb Deep, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J amongst many others. He also shot over 30 covers for The Source as their Director of Photography.

The BUDxLagos X Chi Modu Uncategorized Photo Exhibition & Workshop runs from December 1-2 and will include also include panel talks, workshops, live musical performances and an after party. Head here to register and to learn more about the event.

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The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

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TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

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