February 2, 2012 SIGHTS ⁄  MIKE MILLER’S WEST COAST.

MIKE MILLER’S WEST COAST.

Mike Miller’s photographic career started a couple of decades ago, snapping jazz virtuosos, scantily clad supermodels and the odd album cover. A shoot with Arabian Prince, one of NWA’s founding fathers, caught DJ Muggs’ attention and he subsequently asked Mike to do some shots for a Cypress Hill demo. Since then, Miller’s had intimate access to the lives of the West Coast’s premier pimps, G’s, and hustlers even.

His debut exhibition, West Coast Hip Hop – A History in Pictures, opens for a single weekend at LA’s Known Gallery this Saturday. Take a trip down memory lane, back to a time when super-star thugs played craps in the street in cute doo-rags, before Snoop traded his hood cred for frolics with gummy bears in Katy Perry videos, and when players hustled crack from the frontline instead of novelty fragrances from the front rows of Paris Fashion Week.