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Back Down Memory Lane with VIBE and Nas’ Brother Jungle
VIBE Magazine and Nas’ younger brother Jungle take you back to their Queensbridge Projects in Part 2 of their special feature celebrating Illmatic’s 20th anniversary. 

In the second Edition of VIBE Magazine’s video tour with Nas’ brother Jungle, the two take viewers on a tour on the famous Queensbridge housing project that Nas and his brother grew up in during the time of Illmatic. After taking viewers back into the apartment where the young emcee grew up, VIBE and Jungle continue their tour of Queens, making stops in their neighborhood to significant places mentioned throughout Illmatic. Jungle revisits the tragic scene of where Nas’ childhood best friend, known as Ill Will, was murdered while re-telling the events of the fateful evening. The events of that evening would further motivate Nas to make it out of the hood and reach the levels of success that he has over the last two decades. They further the tour with a visit to the exact scenes where the video for “A Queens Story” was shot as well as the cover for his debut album, giving viewers a real life look at the album’s famous artwork.

Take a look at this exclusive tour and get insight on the makings and the legacy of one of Queensbridge’s most famous emcees.

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J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Headgear Series: MmonMnonEdetUbok(1974, black and white photograph; installation Documenta XII, 2007)
J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere (1930 – 2 February 2014) was a Nigerian photographer who is known for his work with unique hairstyles found in Nigeria. ohnson Donatus Aihumekeokhai Ojeikere (J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere) was born in 1930 in Ovbiomu-Emai, a rural village in South Western Nigeria. He worked and lived in Ketu, Nigeria. At the age of twenty he pursued a future in photography, which was out of the ordinary for people in Nigeria, especially those in his village. Cameras were not of high demand and were of low priority as they were considered a luxury. However, ‘Okhai Ojeikere was passionate about photography and in 1950 bought a modest Brownie D camera without flash, and had a friend teach him the fundamentals of photography. ‘Okhai Ojeikere started out as a darkroom assistant in 1954 at the Ministry of Information in Ibadan. After Nigeria gained its independence in 1960, Ojeikere pursued his first job as a photographer. In 1951 he became a studio photographer, under Steve Rhodes, for Television House Ibadan. From1963 until 1975 Ojeikere worked in publicity at West Africa Publicity in Lagos. During his time in publicity, specifically in the year 1967, he joined the Nigerian Arts Council. In 1968 he began one of his largest projects as he documented Nigerian hairstyles. This was a hallmark of Ojeikere’s work and he had printed approximately a thousand pictures of different African women’s hair. A large selection of Ojeikere’s work was included in the arsenale section of the 55th Venice Biennale d’arte, “Il Palazzo Enciclopedia” curated by Massimiliano Gioni in 2013. J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere died on February 2, 2014, at the age of 83. (Wikipedia)
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J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Headgear Series: MmonMnonEdetUbok
(1974, black and white photograph; installation Documenta XII, 2007)

J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere (1930 – 2 February 2014) was a Nigerian photographer who is known for his work with unique hairstyles found in Nigeria. ohnson Donatus Aihumekeokhai Ojeikere (J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere) was born in 1930 in Ovbiomu-Emai, a rural village in South Western Nigeria. He worked and lived in Ketu, Nigeria. At the age of twenty he pursued a future in photography, which was out of the ordinary for people in Nigeria, especially those in his village. Cameras were not of high demand and were of low priority as they were considered a luxury. However, ‘Okhai Ojeikere was passionate about photography and in 1950 bought a modest Brownie D camera without flash, and had a friend teach him the fundamentals of photography. ‘Okhai Ojeikere started out as a darkroom assistant in 1954 at the Ministry of Information in Ibadan. After Nigeria gained its independence in 1960, Ojeikere pursued his first job as a photographer. In 1951 he became a studio photographer, under Steve Rhodes, for Television House Ibadan. From1963 until 1975 Ojeikere worked in publicity at West Africa Publicity in Lagos. During his time in publicity, specifically in the year 1967, he joined the Nigerian Arts Council. In 1968 he began one of his largest projects as he documented Nigerian hairstyles. This was a hallmark of Ojeikere’s work and he had printed approximately a thousand pictures of different African women’s hair. A large selection of Ojeikere’s work was included in the arsenale section of the 55th Venice Biennale d’arte, “Il Palazzo Enciclopedia” curated by Massimiliano Gioni in 2013. J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere died on February 2, 2014, at the age of 83. (Wikipedia)