Small Town Hip Hop by Jared Soares

Issue 60

In a small city in the corner of Virginia, the production of a song begins with some remodeling. You remake the basement into a recording studio. You rename yourself Palmz or Zulu Watu or Sha Fantastic. Meet the hip­hopportunists, the starry­eyed aspirants, reaching for a gleaming karat in the distance.

It is an American pursuit, told in tight focus – people who want to go from Here to There. But despite knowing how to strike the poses of success – the gold teeth, the defiant sneer – There rarely comes. The reality of Here is a grind – working a double shift and stretching to make ends meet. But the workaday life is a little more palatable when there are beats to be made and rhymes to be written. In front of the microphone, There seems within reach. Even if only for a song.
 

Jared Soares lives and works in Washington, DC.
To view more of Jared's work, please visit his website.

You can purchase a photograph by Jared Soares from the Fraction Editions.

  LV Skinny 

LV Skinny 

  Radio Days 

Radio Days 

  Animal 

Animal 

  King Mez 

King Mez 

  Rodney Wright 

Rodney Wright 

  Lyric Book 

Lyric Book 

  Drique London's microphone 

Drique London's microphone 

  Records at Bright Lady Studio 

Records at Bright Lady Studio 

  Poe Mack in the studio 

Poe Mack in the studio 

  Listening 

Listening 

  Madflowridiculous CD burning 

Madflowridiculous CD burning 

  Signing CDs  ared soares, fraction magazine, fraction editions, photography magazine

Signing CDs ared soares, fraction magazine, fraction editions, photography magazine

  Palmz cleans a studio 

Palmz cleans a studio 

  Studio baby 

Studio baby 

  Blizz and Brooke 

Blizz and Brooke 

  Ox at work 

Ox at work 

  Rest before the show 

Rest before the show 

  Barbershop 

Barbershop 

  Pre-show 

Pre-show 

  Chain 

Chain 

  Awful Arthurs

Awful Arthurs

  Dance club 

Dance club 

  Mez at the Raleigh Amphitheater 

Mez at the Raleigh Amphitheater 

  After the show

After the show

  Oxy Neutron and the Star 

Oxy Neutron and the Star