Sad to hear that Ricky the Pirate has passed away… He was my favorite part of living in downtown LA. I invited him into my apartment for some lunch one day and he let me film him “freestyling”.
This dude was rapping on my subway car yesterday… The lyrics were heartfelt and dark, and as I listened I realized they were genuinely well-written and smart. The guy’s delivery was powerful and honestly a bit intimidating (everyone on the subway shifting uncomfortably and looking away). When he finished I asked to take his portrait, and he threw back his hoodie and gave me this face, and ended up being kind, enthusiastic, and charming. I wish I could remember his name. Somebody sign this kid.