"Michael Benabib: The Man Behind Hip Hop's Most Iconic Photographs"

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…”

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BET "Behind The Label" series features Benabib Archive Photos

Mary J Blige Photo Copyright 2016 Michael Benabib

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.[1] 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.


Phife Dawg, A.K.A. Malik Taylor, passes away at 45 of Diabetes


Photo by MICHAEL BENABIB C. 1989                                    Phife Dawg, aka Malik Taylor initially formed A Tribe Called Quest, then simply named Quest, with his high school classmate Q-Tip in 1985; the group was later expanded with the addition of Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. A Tribe Called Quest were closely associated with fellow hip-hop acts De La Soul and Jungle Brothers, with the groups being collectively known as the Native Tongues.[3] A Tribe Called Quest were initially offered a demo deal by Geffen Records in 1989, but signed to Jive Records to release their 1990 début People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.[3]

Phife Dawg passed away March 22, 2016, aged 45, of diabetes. Rest in peace.