You’d think that Atlanta-based photographer Diwang Valdez has an invisible camera. In his new series/tumblr The Happy Rapper, he catches famed wordsmiths in their most candid moments, laughing, smoking, chilling, seemingly unaware that they are being photographed.
Whereas the usual press shots and live photos that depict these very same men wearing grim expressions, Valdez captures them in the fleeting moments when their fierceness melts away. How else would you see Gucci Mane cheesing so genuinely, Big Boi cracking up, or an un-spectacled, dressed down T-Pain unsuspectingly displaying his gold fronts? The good vibes are boundless on this photo blog.
Below are some of our favorite entries to The Happy Rapper, but there are a ton more on the site, which you should definitely check out.
Smile for the camera and show me your GRILLZ!