Viper Magazine SS18 [Digital Version]: 21 Savage Cover
This issue we explore a group of artists killing it in their respective fields and explore what getting money means to them. From 21 Savage launching an initiative to teach kids in schools how to manage their finances, to Trippie Redd selling out overseas shows in 11 minutes at the tender age of 18. We speak to MiST, who’s made money independently, investing it in some of the most adventurous music videos UK rap’s ever seen; plus slowthai, Northampton’s rebellious but cute MC, making money with his team and cultivating incredible songs D.I.Y-style.
We also explore issues around money laundering, the legacy of Master P, and how Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Compromise is still in effect
in the music industry today. Costa Rica translates to “rich coast” so we headed there for a fashion editorial, before dipping back to London to catch up with Chynna, Jeshi and Lola, not to mention Trillary Banks and some IG Girls #IRL. Following that we’re serving up some profiles with brands killing it right now; PAQ, Jamie Backshall, Unknown and What We Wear. Some incredible creatives are featured in this issue, Filfury knows all about getting money, having created J Hus’ ‘Common Sense’ album cover. And Miggy who’s crafting an incredible career as a video director, having started out shooting ‘The Plug’ for Rich The Kid.
Big Narstie is one of the funniest humans on the planet so it’s an honour to feature him in The Questions! Likewise, it’s so special to have Kwes Darko, Sango and Steel Banglez as our trio of producers profiled in this issue. Florida’s Mobsquad Nard runs a bails bond company on the side of his impressive rap career so we caught up with him to find out how he juggles things. We also spoke to UK artists Cas Jones and Trillary Banks.
Special shout out to Ray’s Corrupted Mind for so many photos in this issue but mostly the one of Metro Boomin! He filled us in on the behind the scenes stories to some of his images. BROCKHAMPTON’s photographer Ashlan Grey curated this issue’s Vinstagram, with some of his personal favourite photos he’s taken. And Ill Jill and Patrick Waugh created a beautiful pair of artworks for us. Love to Charlie Sarsfield who was recently in Kenya and Rwanda and captured some beautiful images that we’ve published in a photo essay, alongside an interview with him.