Rap Radar Podcast: Jonathan Mannion

Written By: @BdotTM July 1, 2016 @ 9:03 AM EST
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, photographer Jonathan Mannion has a lot to say. For over two decades, the Ohio native has shot some of the most iconic images in hip-hop and pop culture. In addition to celebrating the 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt, he was recently commissioned to shoot the artwork for DJ Khaled and Gucci Mane’s upcoming albums. Hours before his gallery showcase, Mannion talks about his storied career, finances, magazine shoots, Eminem, Afeni Shakur, 50 Cent, licensing, and more! Subscribe on iTunes.

Photos: Daniel J Vasquez

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  • Ferris Bueller

    This! One of the best.

  • Kris Kompute

    Who gives a shit? All the people in hip hop and y’all interview a photographer?

    Y’all are owned by Eminem. Can’t get him for your shitty podcast?

    • Ferris Bueller

      Not just any photographer. Jonathan Mannion. He’s photographed some of the most iconic images in Hip Hop history. Excellent interview!

    • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

      congratulations, you just played yourself

      • el jim chapo guzman

        Aye b dot I was thinking about the same thing y’all interview A PHOTOGRAPHER.

        • MMG Weekend

          Rick Ross recently kicked off his MMG Weekend, a three-day celebration that spotlights his Maybach Music Group empire.

          It may be one day into MMG Weekend, but it looks like it’s already lit, with events featuring new music, premiered by some of the label’s most recognized artists.

          For example, Meek Mill has started premiering new music from his upcoming Dreamchasers 4project.

          The mixtape will include music from Young Thug, Lil Uzi, Pusha T, and Nicki Minaj.

          Meek Mill premiered DC4 during a listening party on the first day of MMG Weekend.

          • ROOM 666

            nobody cares! LOL at that team of bums who aint ever going platinum

          • el jim chapo guzman

            Fuck MMG

          • Kris Kompute

            Spigger!

          • el jim chapo guzman

            Fuck you kris

      • Kris Kompute

        A) It’s: “Congratulations, you played yourself” you dumb fuck.

        B) Have you even met Marshall?

        Keep collecting party cups and passing out on niggas couches. You’ll be swallowing Hov in no time.

        • Innocent Bystander

          OK. Now, you’re stupid.

          • Kris Kompute

            Such an insightful contribution. Are you done sucking my dick yet?

          • Innocent Bystander

            And gay, too.

        • Fred Savage

          But you’re the one who frequents this site daily. So who’s really the “dumb fuck”? Dummy Alert!

          • Kris Kompute

            And you’re the one who keeps checking for me daily! Leave my balls alone!

          • Fred savage

            – Super Dummy

        • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

          Cute Mac DIESEL impersonation.

          • Kris Kompute

            That’s your go-to everytime when I don’t type anything like him.

            Stay the fuck off my comments like I told you 6 months ago.

      • Ice berg slim

        Facts

        • Kris Kompute

          Shut yo Dick riding ass up.

    • ilexx

      This is a bit ignorant. Album covers have to be shot too. And Jonathan Mannion is obviously an iconic photographer in Hip Hop. He deserves to be interviewed.

      There could be so many ppl who want to contribute their talents to the Hip Hop community and this interview and others like it may influence them in a positive way.

      I’m sorry but I just can’t agree because I know photographers, graphic artists and animators who I’ve introduced to Jonathan Mannion’s work just to get an artist’s perspective on what they think and they gave praise to his vision, now they respect him and are even more inspired by his work.

      Or take for example that Jon Bellion dude who I saw on Sway, I don’t know guy but he spoke about taking 50k of his own money to get these animators to do a Disney/Pixar album cover and artwork for each song. Fam, I was able to show my little bro that he could be making this kind of money for his animation and he needs to be offering his services to the music industry. Now he’s about to graduate soon and he already has heard from teachers that he could be charging more for his work but this was a real life example of what’s possible.

      All I’m saying is these things make a difference, you never know who is listening and how they are receiving the information.

      • Kris Kompute

        Don’t give a shit, he takes pictures.

        Combat Jack had DJ Kool Herc. Prob the most underrated interview of the last 5 years.

        Could careless about some fat, deli sandwich eating camera operator. Get some real niggas on here.

        Fuckin photographer. Smh.

        • You Played Yourself

          Fuckin comment sections imbeciles. Smh.

        • ilexx

          Lol alright my dude if that’s how you feel.

      • The Incredible Creation

        Awesome breakdown there… Just curious as to what your IG or twitter is as well as your little brothers ? I have an art gallery in Baltimore & also have someone looking for an animator as well… get at me.. http://www.theincrediblecreation.com/

        • ilexx

          My Twitter is @ilexx & IG is @ilexx876 and my bro’s is @dan_art1st

          If you need animation work, then yeah, we need to get in touch. I also do digital marketing, so if you ever need consultation on your website and/or brand, hit me.

          I like what seems to be a mission statement I see on the site, you seem to want to stand for something positive. Keep it up!

          • The Incredible Creation

            Thanks… that’s all we stand for is positive energy… I’ll let my videographer know about your brother cuz he’ll be needing an animator in the near future..

    • THE REAL mac DIESEL

      us too. get @rosenberg on the phone!

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      • Topnotchx

        Out of hiding I see.

        • THE REAL mac DIESEL

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          • Topnotchx

            How many emails have you sent bdot? you stalker.

          • THE REAL mac DIESEL

            JUST AS MUCH AS YA MOMS!!!! TELL THAT BITCH TO JUST DM ME!!!! FUCK AN EMAIL!!!! LMAO!!!! MY SHADOW!!!!

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          • Topnotchx

            Funny because that slut you call a mom just booked a dick appointment via my email!!! Keep sending hate mail tho fuckboy!

          • THE REAL mac DIESEL

            YOU WACK, B!!!! LMAO!!!!

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          • Room 222

            You’ve seen so many reruns of Ally McBeal. Shut up, bitch.

          • THE REAL mac DIESEL

            YOU’VE SEEN SO MANY RERUNS OF JAKE AND THE FATMAN WITH OFFICER RICKY IN ROOM 222 EATIN’ LEFTOVER LEMON PEPPER WINGS!!!! SHUT UP, FAGGOT!!!!

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          • Room 222

            BEND OVER, BITCH. OH, I’M IN ROOM 222 INDEED. WITH YOUR MOM.

          • THE REAL mac DIESEL

            BEND OVER BITCH!!!! THAT’S WHAT OFFICER RICKY TOLD YOU SO HE CAN CHECK YA BOOTY HOLE TO SEE IF YOU WAS STEALIN’ EXTRA LEMON PEPPER WINGS FROM ROOM 222 INDEED!!!! LMAO!!!! YOU COP LOVIN’ FAGGOT!!!!

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          • Room 222

            Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but you abuse the privilege.

          • THE REAL mac DIESEL

            YOU’RE BEYOND FUCKIN’ STUPID, SO MUCH IT WOULD BE A PRIVILEGE TO ABUSE THE SHIT OUTTA YOU WITH OFFICER RICKY’S NIGHT STICK IN ROOM 222!!!!

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          • Room 222

            THIS CHARLATAN CIRCUS CLOWN BELONGS IN A ZOO.

          • THE REAL mac DIESEL

            THIS TAP DANCIN’ SAMBO BELONGS IN A MINSTREL SHOW!!!!

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          • Room 222

            THIS LOSER IS HIDING UNDER CURTIS JACKSON’S SKIRT.

          • THE REAL mac DIESEL

            THIS BUM IS HIDING UNDER OFFICER RICKY’S TITTIES!!!!

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          • ROOM 666

            – CRICKETS

  • el jim chapo guzman

    Corny interview.

  • RapRadar

    good interview, wish you guys would’ve went more in detail w/ the other artists. Respect to Hov and RD…but Jon already broke that down in his Sway interview.

  • Rmoneybeats

    Afro29 on soundcloud

  • THE REAL mac DIESEL

    @ B.Dot

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    DID YOU TALK TO HIM ABOUT YOUR SNITCH CAM, BENSON??? YOU FUCKIN’ CLOWN!!!!

    ………………….HA!!!! ANOTHER FUCKIN’ DUD!!!! YA’LL INTERVIEWED THIS TOKEN WHITE GUY JUST TO STROKE JAY’S CROTCH AGAIN!!!! LMAO!!!! FUCKIN’ SAD AND PATHETIC!!!! FUCK OUTTA HERE WITH YOUR SHITTY FUCKIN’ TRASHCAST!!!!

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  • TrulyTrulySux

    Trash. No disrespect to Mannion. Its BDots persona that truly sux. Truly.

    • THE REAL mac DIESEL

      THAT CLOWN DON’T BELONG IN FRONT OF A CAMERA OR MICROPHONE!!!! FUCKBOY IS AS BASIC AND AMATEUR AS YOU CAN GET!!!! LUCKIEST BLOGGER I’VE EVER SEEN!!!! LMAO!!!! FUCK THAT NIGGA!!!!

      DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • SaniAbacha

    Peace of advice for you guys: your podcast lacks a creative focus. Reason Drink Champs started behind you and is already way ahead of you is they focus on iconic rappers, most of whom have a relationship with Nore. So their banter is organic, interesting, and most of all entertaining. I liked your podcast in the beginning but my God it’s so bland at the moment. I’d hire a 3rd presenter perhaps. Someone with a bit of edge. No offense. But your shit boring right now.

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  • THE REAL mac DIESEL

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CmUxdb2W8AQi3jG?format=jpg&name=large

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  • Ice berg slim

    I was like who’s this?
    Not sure if I was going to like it.
    But not only did I not just not like it
    I motherfucking LOVED it…
    Keep it up my niggas this shit is🔥🔥🔥

  • Sina Mailer Daemon Djavadkhani

    Very nice