May 24, 2012
Kareem Black captures Nas for the June/July 2012 issue of Complex Magazine. The rapper appeared on the magazine’s first cover in 2002. Currently in the studio finishing his tenth solo album “Life is Good.” He spoke to the magazine on a range of subjects including divorce, fatherhood, and financial drama that have affected his life recently.
Black photographed Nas in New York City where the rapper was putting the final touches on his new album and filming the music video for his single “Return of the Don.” While the images look as if they were taken outdoors, they were actually shot indoors. The intense shoot took place on three different sets at Pier 59. Black and the crew lit the set to mimic outdoor lighting. The set was inspired by Spike Lee’s iconic 1980s film Do The Right Thing. A fan of Nas since his first album in 1992, Black was excited to work with the rapper. He says he was “super cool to work with” although he was quiet and somewhat introverted, very easygoing and “willing to do anything.”
The June/July 2012 issue of Complex is on newsstands now.
See more of Kareem Black’s photography here.
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