I get a call from Death Row Records to fly out to LA to shoot Dr. Dre ‘The Chronic’ album cover. We started our photoshoot in the photography studio, then recording studio, and later transitioned to locations outdoors in LA…Read More
Kickin’ it with old friends and honored to see my work featured at the opening weekend for Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop at Annenberg Space for Photography by Vikki Tobak #contacthighprojectRead More
I shot this photo of on the set of MTV Unplugged: Uptown Records Edition at the Universal Studios Hollywood soundstage in 1993 Uptown Records is a very tight knit group of artists that all worked closely together and truly represents a family of which I’m proud to be part of. Thank you BlackPast.org for sharing my work in your recent articleRead More
Scratch just released this excellent article about my work with some never-before-seen photos of hip hop’s most iconic figures.
"Michael Benabib is a hip-hop insider, with unique access to the biggest names in the music. The portrait photographer who shot almost every artist from the 80/90s hip-hop scene…”Read More
Happy 40th to Aaliyah in heaven. During our photoshoots, Aaliyah Haughton was always so humble and climbed my 5-story walk-up with no complaints and no entourage. I know a lot of people ask so much of her and for her to be so gracious with me meant a lot.Read More
BET "Behind The Label" series features Benabib archive photos of all the major players of UPTOWN Records. Uptown Records was an American record label, founded by Andre Harrell in 1986. It went on to become one of the most popular hip-hop and R&B labels of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Featured on the roster were Guy, Heavy D & The Boyz, Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, Al B. Sure!, and Soul for Real amongst others.