Looking back through my photo catalog, I found this image I shot of Do D.A.T., Oakland based emcee. The man is a natural in front of the camera. When I was first editing files from this shoot I passed this one up. I remember in my earlier days into digital photography I would often trash the shots that I thought weren’t usable immediately. If I had kept that practice up, I would’ve lost many photos that I now love.
What’s up folks? Just sharing some photos from a shoot yesterday with rising Oakland based hip-hop duo, Dope City Saints. The independent team of Kasi Rocswell and WORDUP have made quite the buzz, providing Oakland with Spark the Ls, a monthly artist showcase of talent on First Fridays. Be on the lookout for their upcoming projects and be sure to listen to WORDUP’s mixtape HERE.
If you’ve ever followed my website or my Flickr account, then you’ve probably seen many images of Do D.A.T. from The Attik. He’s been a mentor, friend and big supporter of my work for years. I’ve known him since I was 18. He makes music as a solo artist, but also apart of the crew, The Attik. My first time seeing them was an in-class performance during a high school class. They visited to invite youth to an open mic event that would be happening on a Friday night. I would see them perform a few times at different all ages events while I was in high school. It was great. When I graduated high school I got into a music program. Do D.A.T. was the artist mentor and since then I formed a close bond with him. Throughout the years that I’ve had to photograph him and the rest of the group during separate performances, last week I finally got the chance to photograph them together. I was very proud to be apart of capturing this image. I.Ameni, Sand Man and Do D.A.T….they are The Attik.