magazine or sat staring at their favorite rapper’s album cover has
likely seen most of their musical heroes through Mannion’s lens. For
superstars like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Lauryn Hill, Rick Ross, Eminem, Snoop Dog and
countless others, Jonathan Mannion’s vision, consistency, and ability
to innovate has made him the go-to image-maker for the most important
projects of their careers.
JayZ’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’ by Jonathan Mannion
Drake by Jonathan Mannion
In the history of hip-hop, no photographer has created more memorable
images of the culture than Jonathan Mannion. Since he stepped onto the
New York rap scene in 1993, the Cleveland native has produced iconic
visuals that indelibly defined a generation of rap, R&B, and reggae
Mannion’s first established himself as a cultural force through his work
with the recording industry, documenting over twenty years of hip-hop
music. Early in his career, when many in mainstream media were
dismissing rap music as a passing fad, Mannion was hustling to create
the cover art for Jay-Z’s debut LP, Reasonable Doubt. It was the first
of many iconic album covers with prominent MCs that quickly crowned
Mannion as hip-hop’s premiere visual biographer.
Hennessy is excited to introduce Jonathan Mannion to Nigeria; projecting
him as a perfect representation of a genre that has played an important
role in the growth of the brand – Hip Hop.
This October, as part of the celebrations of Hennessy Artistry, the
legendary photographer will be in Lagos to showcase some of his most
“We are excited about bringing Jonathan Mannion to Nigeria. Both
Hennessy and Jonathan have played a key role in the development and
formation of the DNA of the Hip Hop Music & Culture. Art and Hip Hop
Enthusiasts will be presented with an invaluable opportunity to explore
some of Jonathan Mannion’s legendary body of work. For us, this is an
initiative which remains true to Hennessy Artistry – celebrating Music,
and in this case, rather creatively and hopefully, memorably” Lere
Awokoya – Brand Manager for Hennessy Nigeria”.
The project being the first of its kind in Nigeria, is another
initiative of Hennessy Artistry as a continuous means of expressing its
love for Music.
About Hennessy Artistry
Launched in 2006, Hennessy Artistry focuses on celebrating music and
discovering unrecognized new talent. In 2009 Hennessy Artistry was
introduced to Nigeria and has engaged its Nigerian audience with series
of activities that has propelled talented artistes to some of Nigeria’s
stars today like M.I Abaga, D’Banj, Ice Prince, Tu Face, Banky W, Wiz Kid, Nneka, Tiwa Savage, Praiz, Burna Boy.
It has been celebrated by the most diverse musical influences, ranging
from classical to jazz, funk, soul, Hip-Hop, R&B, pop amongst others
in the world.
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