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Eric “Eazy-E” Wright was a hip-hop visionary who never got the credit he deserved for turning rap into an international phenomenon (though 2015’s Straight Outta Compton biopic went a long way toward rehabilitating his legacy). Well, he was a visionary in other ways, too. Decades before it became commonplace for every rapper to have a skateboard or two in his closet, Eazy was practicing kickflips with his young son on the streets of Compton.
Extremely Rare Photo of Eazy E Skateboarding by Ithaka Darin Pappas now on Exhibit at “Contact High” hosted by The Annenberg Space For Photography
“Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop,” at the Annenberg Space for Photography. A new group show organized by author Vikki Tobak looks at the work of photographers who chronicled the rise of hip-hop, with famous prints (like the iconic portrait of Biggie Smalls in a crown by Barron Claiborne) as well as unedited contact sheets and other images of key musical figures from the genre, including Eazy-E, Jay-Z and Salt-N-Pepa. Tobak is the author of the bestselling book on which the exhibit is based. Opens Friday and runs through Aug. 18. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, AnnenbergPhotoSpace.org.
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General Admission Magazine:
Tell us about the cover photo and how you got to that point with N.W.A?
Ithaka Darin Pappas: At the time I was working for Priority Records. I was their main freelance photographer during this period and I had photographed N.W.A. probably more than any other photographer. This particular day was a shoot for MTV and they were doing a little culture clash unite between this pop group Kris Kross and N.W.A. Kris Kross came down and we all met in Venice. Fab 5 Freddy did the interview, an old-school artist and hip-hopper from New York. After the Kris Kross bailed we all walked down to the skate area down there on the beach at Venice. Eazy grabbed some kid’s skateboard and took off. I’d already been working with this crew for probably almost two years and I’d never even heard the word skate board came out of anybody’s mouth, or surfing, or anything like that. It was a shock to me, and he’d obviously spent some time on a skateboard because he knew what he was doing.
General Admission Magazine: He could skate?
Ithaka Darin Pappas: Yes. He was confident on it. One thing we’ve learned from this photo is Eazy is a goofyfooter. (Ed’s note: Goofyfoot is the type of stance a surfer or skater is defined by)
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