Nicole not only has had a direct influence on the hip-hop community in Denver, but she also helped me break into my career as a photographer. We first started working together back when all I did was photograph street art and graffiti, which she started featuring on Hip Hop Roll Call. This evolved into me doing quite a bit of concert photography for HHRC. It’s safe to say I wouldn’t have the opportunities I currently have if it wasn’t for her taking a chance on me.
Obviously, Denver will greatly miss Nicole. During a time when Denver hip-hop wasn’t getting the coverage or respect it so desperately needed and deserved from traditional media, she provided a voice and an outlet to so many Denver artists. And this wasn’t on some ulterior motives type shit either; she truly embraces the culture, is educated to its history and wants others to succeed. But, this never meant that she would simply tell you what you wanted to hear. You can always count on her to give to you straight, no chaser. Even if that meant hurting your feelings a little bit. At least you know where you stand with her. Unfortunately, some can’t take that level of honesty and feedback. And to those people I say: “sensitive thugs, you all need hugs.”
I’m excited to see where this next step in her journey and development takes her. She’ll always have me as a supporter and fan. We’re losing a major influencer and voice in the hip-hop community, for sure.
Much love and thank you, Nicole!
Point Out the Bounce culminates in Nicole’s Going Away Party, 12/11/15 at Lost Lake Lounge. DJs Cysko Rokwel and AWHAT will be spinning all night, as well as performances by a few of Nicole’s many subjects over the years: King F.O.E., Big J Beats, Stay Tuned, Diamond Boiz, Status & Manic (of Cadava), and HoTT & Grey Sinatra.