In the few short years he’s been working as a photographer, Gunner Stahl has become the eyes of the Atlanta rap scene. His candid, intimate portraits are a breath of fresh air in today’s Amaro-filtered landscape. Stahl seeks out subjects that are influential culturally as well as musically.
Heralded by Noisey as “the future of everything,” Young Thug would seem to be the perfect candidate for a Stahl shoot. He’s been endorsed by Gucci Mane, Kanye and Birdman; he’s graced the covers of Fader, Complex and Dazed; Elton John recently compared him to John Lennon.
Stahl had been trying to shoot Thug for a year when his good friend, producer Mike WiLL, finally introduced the two. Stahl eventually joined Thug for a weekend in the studio. “His work ethic is incredible,” Stahl told us. “I’ve never seen anything like it. He’ll record a beat, and 30 minutes later he’ll come up with the whole song. The choruses, the adlibs, the two verses… and it’ll be a hit, too. He doesn’t even write anything down – no iPhone, no pen and pad, nothing, and he’ll come out with a hit. He’s a genius. Honestly.”