Obey Giant artist Shepard Fairey and West Coast Hip-Hop photographer Mike Miller have joined forces to work on a collaborative project featuring one of the most influential rap artists ever. Eazy-E, founder of N.W.A (N***az Wit Attitudes), is the featured subject of Fairey's and Miller's combined efforts titled "Compton's Most Wanted" – resulting in a stirring black-and-white print of the Compton rapper.
Sitting with HypeBeast, the pair discusses the origins of the project, West Coast Hip-Hop and more. Fairey, who found fame in the late eighties with his “Andre The Giant Has A Posse” sticker, has become a star in the world of street art. In 2008, the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” poster catapulted him to even higher heights. Miller, who began snapping photos of rappers since 1988, has worked with Cypress Hill, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, and countless others. The gentlemen revealed their joy in working together after admiring each other's past work.
“It was incredible to see all this great stuff [photos] and you [Miller] said you would be open to collaborating,” said an excited Fairey. “I love making images about subjects I love based on strong photographs, so it was kind of a no brainer.” Miller added, “I was just working kind of undercover, and you [Fairey] were probably my first choice to do collaboration, so I was just so fortunate come across a break and to cross paths.”
The Eazy-E print is based off a 1990 Miller photograph, which Fairey rendered into a graphic. The print will be available via Fairey's Obey Giant website soon.
Check out the discussion with Shepard Fairey And Mike Miller below and print, original image and more of the latter's exceptional work including images of 2Pac, Snoop Dgg and Ice Cube, in the gallery.
Photos: Mike Miller, Shepard Fairey