Those who believe the younger generation is fucked hasn’t met Ronnie Riggles and his crew. He and his team are young men who are tirelessly pursuing knowledge and enlightenment. 

He takes us to a world of selling drugs, chilling with his friends, and pulling hot girls, but underneath the surface his sentiments are deeper. He grapples with the world around him through his raps by processing the emotional and intellectual challenges of being an intelligent, young, black man in America. 

His music is for both the studying late in the library kid, and the kid who sells weed and drinks 40s.  Look out for his debut project “Prep School Negro” coming soon.  

Follow @ronnieriggles

Photography and story by YSKSK

 

Complex premiered our video for Theodore Grams' " The Money" the other day. We shot this jawn as a sequel to our first collaboration with Grams for last year's "The City's Ours Now." Me, Grams, and Yinka wrote it together, took a really cold trip to Delaware in my roommate's girlfriend's car to scout locations, got a drone, picked up DJ FM in Uptown along the way, and shot it all in one insanely long day. It was cool nerding out with everyone, and capturing one of the better sunsets I've ever experienced. I hope everyone enjoys the second part to the visual story we've been telling with Grams and the Phrat. Oh yeah, and follow us on twitter @YSKSKMEDIA. Yinka's is @yinkasoda and Grams is @theodoregrams.

written by - K$K (@kskhussle) photos by - (@yinkasoda)

Directed by YSKSK via Complex

In Love in New York

Why are we so obsessed with falling in love in New York? Or are we obsessed with New York falling in love with us? We are fascinated with finding some form of intimacy in between the cement towers, and underneath the unforgiving miles of concrete. We shot this series, a shout out to New York romance, at The Highline. It was built a few years ago on top of an unused railroad line, and rises above the streets of the West Side providing a green space and a respite from the relentlessness of the city.

We headed out with Bree and Briz, and watched as lonely passer-bys stared longingly at them. They failed to notice the people watching, of course, as these two are used to being stared at. Not just because they look good together, but because both are well known in Philadelphia as fresh-ass kids.

Bree and Briz have a lot in common: young, ambitious, and good looking.  They’re both incredibly charismatic. They’re both flyer than you. They both know how to handle their weed and liquor. They both put in major work. And they both hold their own in the notoriously “rough” Philly scene.

Though their relationship is strictly platonic, we managed to talk them into playing a  classic power couple like Kelis and Nas for our lens. After all, what embodies New York romance more than a Hip-Hop love story about two young hustlers?

Follow: @vitaminbree & @YungBriz

Photography and Story by YSKSK




Raised in a traditional Cuban household in West Bronx, SlimKillsAll is an unexpected punk rock child.

We met him near Van Courtland Park on a misty afternoon right before the Christmas holidays. We bought tall cans of Coors, and hiked around smoking cigarettes in the waning wintertime sunlight eventually ending the day with Dominican food under the tracks of the 1 Train.

Slim's slogan is “live till death.”

His energy is as intense and riotous as his music. He's a one man guitar monster and he is currently working on a 7-track mini-LP set to release early this summer.

In the meantime, he will release a 3-track EP titled Slowdownkillinm’. Also be on the lookout for a collaboration visual featuring Slim and directed by yours truly.

Join the riot: @SLIMKILLSALL

Photos and Story by YSKSK

VitaminBree is from West Philly and her favorite word is “f*ck.”

In fact, she claims her first words as a child were curse-words (her own mother and sister will back this up), and going to a party with her is like going out with a celebrity even if its just a house party. She started out as a model often styling herself for shoots, which has recently led her to take on primarily a stylist’s role. She says her main fashion inspirations are Cruella Deville, Halle Berry in BAPS, and Billie Holiday.

Working with Bree is so much fun because she can never tolerate a dull moment. We shot with her in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY in December. She styled herself. Follow her adventures and exploits as a model on Twitter and Instagram: @vitaminbree

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Photography and story by YSKSK (@yinkasoda @kskussle)

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”  - Confucius

Philadelphia’s own, Drew Mills is pretty much the young Confucius of Hip-Hop. He is self-disciplined, focused, and wise. He will chill on your couch, eat some rice with the chopsticks stored conveniently in his hair, swig from the giant water bottle that comes with him wherever he goes, and then stand up and rap with a confidence and control well beyond his 22 years.

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We shot Drew in Chinatown, NYC. It was possibly the coldest night in December.  Luckily our Confucian focus, a tiny bottle of whiskey, and the promise of noodle soup were enough to keep us warm. Drew showed up at the shoot dressed for the elements in customized denim by Philly niche brand Righteous Rebel. His new project “OldBoy” is set to release in February. Follow him on Twitter: @DrewMills_

Photography / Story by: YSKSK

Twitter & Instagram: @yinkasoda & @kskhussle