The Real Stories Behind Throwback Photos of Jay-Z, Drake & More

The Bigger Picture
Nearly three decades into his career, photographer Johnny Nuñez’s eye for freezing moments in hip-hop history continues to bring forth breathtaking images that speak more than a thousand words.
Interview: Aleia Woods
Editor’s Note: This story appears in the Spring 2023 issue of XXL Magazine.

A life-changing car crash on the exact day The Notorious B.I.G. was assassinated, March 9, 1997, was the day distinguished hip-hop photographer Johnny Nuñez, 51, took his then-hobby of snapping pics seriously. Following that moment, Nuñez utilized the earnest strategies he acquired from his mother, an Avon cosmetics seller, to secure photography placements in publications by handing out roses, cigars and miniature bottles of Hennessy to staff members

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