Crown Heights, Brooklyn’s refreshingly potent hip hop
Thursday, October 18th – Rudy’s Music Soho
Photos By: Ruben Henriquez
Why we loved him at CMJ: Quick-witted, undeniable flows and an excitable energy made the 21-year-old rapper’s live performance one of the most memorable of the week. But for the Mass Appeal crew and Cooper, what will be etched into our memories for much longer is our photoshoot experience at the legendary Rudy’s Music in Soho. If you listen to any of Dillon’s lyrics, the influence of Jimi Hendrix is apparent. If you dig deeper you discover Cooper attended Boston’s Berklee School of Music to focus on his work as an electric guitar player and songwriter. So when we arrived at Rudy’s and had the chance to spend some time with Rudy himself, we never would have expected the day would end with Cooper getting the chance to play Hendrix’s original guitar. Priced at $300,000, Rudy says he won’t sell the guitar to just anyone, the owner has to understand its importance, and be deserving of such a piece of musical history. After spending time with Cooper, Rudy was confident that Cooper was more than worthy of the experience.
All I Need Is One:
“I chose my gold chain that my grandmother gave me as a gift before I left home for college. My grandmother is like my other mother and we are extremely close, and I don’t know what I’d do without her. I hardly ever take my chain off, it keeps me grounded and reminds me to keep calm.”