You might know the black & white photo of J Dilla sitting in a stark, clean living room, just him at a table with a sampler. This one right here. This and shots of Madlib taken in Los Angeles that day, were the last that Raph Rashid shot for his 2005 book, Behind the Beat, which captured producers in their living spaces.
The book was reprinted several times. Many of the studios have since changed, moved, or shut down. But Raph never stopped shooting. From 2005 to 2016, he photographed another round – in some cases, another generation – of producers working in their home studios.
We’re proud to present this latest book, Back to the Lab, with photos of Flying Lotus, Just Blaze, El-P, Ant, DJ Babu, Mitsu, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lord Finess, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dabrye, Waajeed, Oddisee, Alchemist, Harry Love, Oh No, Diamond D, Khalil DJ Vadim, Kenny Dope, Jake One, Rhettmatic, Format, Young RJ, and quite a few more – including a visit with Dilla’s mother, and a look back on that day photographing the King of Beats.
Back to the Lab is thicker than the previous book at 214 pages, and like the last one, it’s hardcover, 10×10″, full color, and beautifully designed.