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Meet Michael Escobedo, LA’s Best Rooftop Photographer

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Meet Michael Escobedo, Los Angeles’ best rooftop photographer. A couple years ago, Escobedo picked up a camera. He likes to photograph a range of topics, but found that he was mostly drawn to cityscapes. He also quickly discovered that in a city like Los Angeles, where the visually creative talent is abundant, he wanted to set himself apart. He and his friends started what is called “rooftopping.”

As he explains it, “I try to get myself onto whatever roof possible to capture a new, fresh perspective of my city.”

This picture is stunning on multiple levels. The composition is breathtaking and bold. It is not a picture most of us can or are willing to make and the fact that it’s a self-portrait makes such an image even bolder. Escobedo set his Canon 70D camera, with self-timer, on a tripod as he sat himself on the edge. The result created a mood that is transcending.

Los Angeles is definitely one of the most stunning photos to see from above—as several photographers have demonstrated—but Michael Escobedo‘s photos are definitely the most dizzying.The photographer travels the world (he’s currently in China) capturing a variety of subjects, but what gives him the most thrill is scaling skyscrapers and looking down on the city. “I started [rooftopping] because I started getting bored of seeing the city from the same vantage points over and over again,” he told LAist. “I wanted to bring something, new, fresh, something that people hadn’t seen before. I wanted to show everyone how beautiful and different the city that they’ve lived their whole lives in can be, by changing their perspectives.”

Besides shooting amazing scenic photos in cities such as Los Angeles, Dubai, Barcelona, Lima Peru, San Francisco, West Fjords Iceland, Santorini Greece, Escobedo has also captured magic moments of artists including Nipsey Hussle, 03 Greedo, Ludacris, and more. Due to his outstanding photography work, he’s been profiled by the L.A. Times, LAist and more. Going by the handle @AwokenPhotography on Instagram, he’s amassed over 37 thousand followers who love his photography aesthetic and constantly comment how they would love to frame his pictures in their home. 

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@DJCANNONBANYON & D-One Drops “Last Row”

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DJ Cannon Banyon and Dwayne “D-One” Gilmore both hail from the underground southern rap scene in Cheraw, South Carolina, and have been collaborating since 2001.

D-One’s clever lyrics and fluid musical delivery showcases each song he writes is his unique sound. DJ Cannon Banyon’s hard hitting drums with Southern soulful melody is all thanks to TNTXD pack.

The pair delivers the third track, “Last Row,” for DJ Cannon Banyon’s upcoming EP, “Southern Country 9,” expected June 17th. This single highlights the growth in both artists and the production from their earlier underground days, while maintaining the same Southern sound they developed years ago. The album title “Southern Country 9” nods to Highway SC9, which is the main highway going through Cheraw, South Carolina. “Last Row” will be available on May 17th as a pre-save for the album.

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Dro Kenji’s Glides Through Gotham with “THEY DON’T KNOW”

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Armed with mellifluous melodies, an introspective pen, and an otherworldly creative vision, Dro Kenji has quickly built a strong reputation for consistent quality and colorful creativity. Since putting on a masterclass in world-building with the vibrant visuals from his debut album, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU, earlier this year, Kenji returns to tackle hidden demons in “THEY DON’T KNOW,” his new video single. Produced by CensusCxdyParyo, and Taz Taylor, the track finds Kenji reflecting on romance gone rotten and fighting to keep hurt feelings at bay. He paints heart-broken pictures with heart-racing intensity as he croons, “Lost in the storm, stuck in time / But the past don’t change, so why should I?”

The Declan Kyle-directed video for “THEY DON’T KNOW” is a departure from Kenji’s previous collaborations with the music video maven on recent clips, such as “PUSH2START” and “VANISH,” which built up the purple-tinted dream world of the Dro Kenji cinematic universe. Set in the cold, dark streets of New York City, “THEY DON’T KNOW” sees Kenji walking on bench tops in Central Park and skipping down the infamous “Joker Stairs” in the Bronx, as he contends with his inner demons.. 

“THEY DON’T KNOW” marks Kenji’s first single following his recent debut album, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU. Released in January, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU arrived after a banner year for the young artist, which saw him embark on his first headlining national tour, wrapping up with a performance at Rolling Loud California. 2021 also saw Kenji release two new mixtapes, including EAT YOUR HEART OUT, this past spring, featuring “KILL CUPID” ft. $NOT (13+ million Spotify streams), which received an animated video, and the early summer’s F*CK YOUR FEELINGS, which saw the rapper flex and reflect over 16 tracks of expansive Internet Money production, and features highlights like “SUPERSTAR” and “TRANCE.” 

Never one to rest on his laurels, Dro Kenji continues to hustle his way to new heights. The 20-year-old artist was a standout performer at this year’s SXSW, performing at multiple showcases including Rolling Loud x RapTV’s extravaganza at Stubb’s, and catching up with Variance Magazine. Stay tuned for much more from the prolific artist–including a new project coming this summer–as he continues his ascent to the highest echelons of the rap game.

Watch “THEY DON’T KNOW” here!

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Philly’s @LotpLotp_ Shares “Yeah Yeah”

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Unlvcky Nas is one of the most versatile acts from Philadelphia. His lyrics are strong, but you never know what pocket he’ll jump in with each release. “Yeah Yeah” is an up-tempo banger that will have everyone going bonkers on Tik Tok. The high BPM track is his first drop since his Babyface Ray & Veeze-assisted LP, Still Not F*****g Around

Unlvcky Nas is no stranger to the spotlight. He lives the life of a rapper, but he is still hungry for more. His heartfelt bars keep Nas relatable. His crew is full of some of the best rappers in the DMV, and they all have their sound. Follow him on social media to enter his “Yeah Yeah” contest on Tik Tok. Moreover, be on the lookout for his upcoming visuals. They are always industry-level mini-movies.

Check out “Yeah Yeah” by Unlvcky Nas today!

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