Chi Modu, one of the vital celebrated Hip Hop photographers in historical past, has died. He was 54.

The information of his passing got here from his Instagram account. “Our hearts are damaged… We proceed the struggle,” the submit, which listed the 12 months of his start and dying, learn. “The household request privateness at the moment.”

A reason for dying or particulars surrounding Modu’s passing weren’t made accessible as of Saturday night (Could 22).

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After graduating from Rutgers in 1989, the Nigerian-born, New Jersey-raised photographer went on to work for the Harlem-based New York Amsterdam Information, and later, the director of pictures for The Supply, the place he shot greater than 30 covers.

A few of Modu’s most acclaimed and recognizable work got here with the Infamous B.I.G., Tupac, Snoop Dogg and DPGC, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, Mary J. Blige, Bone Thugs-N-Concord, Wu-Tang Clan, Eazy E and extra.

Along with his unimaginable pictures of Rap luminaries throughout their heyday, Modu additionally shot many well-known Hip Hop album covers, together with Mobb Deep’s The Notorious, Methodology Man’s Tical, and Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage.

Youthful Rap followers had been capable of get pleasure from and study extra about Chi Modu’s iconic pictures by his popular Instagram account, which garnered greater than 350,000 followers and featured over 2,600 pictures of his work and experiences.