New York State of Mind

New York State of Mind

Mobbing in London with Kirk Knight

Photographer Verena Stefanie Grotto caught up with the Pro Era–affiliated rapper/producer in London as he goofed off around the city.
Verena Stefanie Grotto
12.12.16
New York State of Mind

The Best New York Rap Photos of 2013

This has been a landmark year for New York hip-hop. The huns who were at the gates last year ran the game in 2013. Through all the insanity, photographer Verena Stefanie Grotto was there with her camera capturing all of the moments that speak to what...
Verena Stefanie Grotto
12.31.13
New York State of Mind

Screaming 'Huzzah!' with Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire

This week Verena spent a day with one of New York's most talented rappers—Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire. She snapped some rare, intimate shots with the Brooklyn-bred MC. Thankfully, given his passion for drunk driving, they took the train during their romp...
Verena Stefanie Grotto
12.19.13
New York State of Mind

Kicking It with Bebe Panthere in Brooklyn

This week Verena spent a day with upcoming artist Bebe Panthere and shot a couple rolls of her while hanging out in Brooklyn.
Verena Stefanie Grotto
12.6.13
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Double Trouble in Little China

A day around New York City’s Chinatown shooting Ian Connor and Danii Phae.
Verena Stefanie Grotto
11.21.13
New York State of Mind

Partying with MellowHype, World's Fair, and Erik Brunetti

This week Verena kept busy at parties that featured cameos from Va$htie, MellowHype, World's Fair, and Erik Brunetti.
Verena Stefanie Grotto
11.6.13
New York State of Mind

DeNiro Farrar, Mr. MFN eXquire, Vic Mensa, and World's Fair at Noisey's CMJ Showcase

In a recent article, punk pioneer Penny Rimbaud, stated that the modern-day equivalent to punk rock is rap, so these pictures of shirtless rappers running around, jumping into the crowd, and pouring liquids on each other should stand as testament to...
Verena Stefanie Grotto
10.25.13
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Mobbing Uptown with Gita, Danii Phae, and Ian Connor

Verena spent the day with an up-and-coming female MC known as Gita and designer Danii Phae. They started the day off with brunch at the Plaza Hotel and eventually headed to Harlem to kick it with A$AP Mob's newest affiliate, Ian Connor.
Verena Stefanie Grotto
10.17.13
New York State of Mind

World's Fair, King Louie, and Katie Got Bandz Threw Down at Mishka's Decade of Destruction Party

This week, Verena brings us up to speed with World's Fair, Katie Got Bandz, and King Louie as they perform at Decade of Destruction, an event to commemorate Mishka's 10th anniversary.
Verena Stefanie Grotto
10.9.13
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Black Dave and Pro Era Take Over Williamsburg

This week, Verena caught up with Black Dave and Pro Era as they jammed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She brought us photos of the steamy performance, backstage graffiti, and some happy fans.
Verena Stefanie Grotto
10.1.13
New York State of Mind

A$AP Rocky Takes Over the Hudson Hotel

Last week was fashion week, so Verena checked out the after-party for Jeremy Scott's spring/summer 2014 show at the Hudson Hotel in New York City, where both A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg rocked the stage. The A$AP Mob, Venus X, MIA, and Araab Muzik were...
Verena Stefanie Grotto
9.18.13
New York State of Mind

Flatbush Zombies Destroyed London

Verena Stefanie Grotto is documenting the new New York hip-hop movement as it happens in real time, with intimate shots of rappers, scenesters, artists, and fashion fiends. This week, she caught up with the Flatbush Zombies in London.
Verena Stefanie Grotto
9.4.13
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