Los Angeles-bred photographer Mike Miller has just dropped a brand new coffee table book, focused on the legends of west coast hip-hop he’s taken photos of over this career, aptly titled West Coast Hip Hop: A History In Pictures. In it, he showcases never-before-seen shots of legends like Eazy-E, Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Too Short, Cypress Hill and the list goes on. Accompanying each set is a story of his experiences with each artist(s).
Earlier this month, Miller held a photo exhibit at L.A.’s Known Gallery, where he displayed much the book’s imagery, during which we were lucky enough to catch up with him for a short chat.
During our interview, he tells us about starting out in fashion, shooting for high-end clothing brands and supermodels, and how he eventually became the go-to photographer in music after major labels began calling.
Miller also talks a little bit about why rappers loved his photography style so much, and how spontaneous many of his most iconic shots were — from Tupac to the Alkaholiks to WC.
West Coast Hip Hop: A History In Pictures is out now, available at OverTheEdgeBooks.com.