I photographed Public Enemy in 1987 when they first started out. This is the only photo you’ll see with Chuck D wearing the clock before it became Flavor Flav’s trademark.Read More
I photographed Usher for the “My Way” album on 42nd St between 7th and 8th avenue in 1997 (at a time when you could have a photoshoot on a the rainy day in Times Square without anyone else around.) The 2nd photo is when Arista Records had Usher come to my studio for a publicity shoot. I photographed Usher a few times during his breakthrough years, and he changed so much between the ages of 13 and 14 from a growth spirt.
Kimora Lee Simmons just relaunched Baby Phat with Forever21
Photo by Michael Benabib
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
Wishing Wendy Williams a healthy recovery for her brave decision to live in a sober house which she revealed yesterday on The Wendy Williams Show. I shot these photos of Wendy Williams in 2001. Love it or hate it, her over the top personality makes her one of a kind, and I love it. Sending good, healthy vibes your way. #wendy10 #TheWendyWilliamsShow
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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
Kool Moe Dee always refused to take off his sunglasses during our photoshoots 😎
Photo Credit: Michael Benabib
Kool Moe Dee recently lit the Harlem Apollo Theater stage for Apollo Presents The Kings and Queens of New Jack Swing with his hip hop classic “Wild Wild West”
While on a shoot for Rockefeller & Co in 10 Rockefeller Plaza, I noticed the office was situated right above where the Today show was filming. I watched as Lil Kim & Puff Daddy performed, and made the above image.
I photographed Lil Kim, as well as Puff Daddy, years ago in the height of the 90s hip hop era.
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.
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. 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.
Phife Dawg passed away March 22, 2016, aged 45, of diabetes. Rest in peace.