Paying Homage to the Best of the West Coast with OG Photographer Mike Miller

Words:
Vanessa Feder

There ain’t no party like a west coast party, and their sure ain’t no photo expert quite like the master artistry of Los Angeles-based photographer Mike Miller. We can credit the famed portrait virtuoso for our favorite iconic captures of West Coast legends Tupac, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Coolio and Cypress Hill. More recently the pro shooter has even directed visual efforts for A$AP Rocky, Drake, Vince Staples, Kendrick Lamar, YG and Jeezy just to name a few. If this list of rap talents doesn’t already make your mouth drop, Miller’s extensive profile of images most definitely will. And similar to the parties, he ain’t stoppin’ anytime soon either.

Mike Miller is a top-notch photographer and director who’s work with high profile celebs is not only impressive, but visually captivating. The ’90s photos of then-bourgeoning music artists have eventuated into legendary hip-hop classics. And like Kendrick suggested on his “ELEMENT” track, if you’re going to go for something then you best make it look sexy. Miller most definitely makes every model he shoots look sexy, including Lamar himself. We have chosen some drool-worthy B&W photographs below that perfectly showcase why Mike Miller is a truly original photo G(enius). It is more than worth your time to check out more of Miller’s impactful imagery online along with his recent book releases, West Coast Hip Hop: A History in Pictures and LOVE WEST COAST GIRLS. Hit the jump in the feature image to watch his The Influence of West Coast HIP HOP documentary film with exclusive interviews from Snoop, The Game, Ice T, Shepard Fairey, Mr. Cartoon, Retna, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, James Franco, and Will-I-AM.