Questlove Remembers Late, Iconic Hip-Hop Photographer Ricky Powell: “Our First Tour Guide”

The rap community is mourning the loss of an important member. Iconic hip-hop photographer Ricky Powell has passed away at age 59 and The RootsQuestlove has sent his condolences.

Ricky Powell Dead At 59

While his cause of death hasn’t been revealed, it has been confirmed that Powell has passed away. He was best known for his work as a photographer, author, and honorary fourth Beastie Boy who captured their illustrious career through his pictures.

Legendary hip-hop photographer, and honorary fourth member of the #BeastieBoys, #RickyPowell has passed away at age 59. #RIP! #First#BOHH#BlackOwnedHipHop

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Questlove Remembers Ricky Powell

The Roots’ Questlove took to Instagram with a picture of remembrance. He left a heartfelt message for his late friend and put major respect on the legacy of the iconic hip-hop photographer.

“Shoutout to The Rickster for being our first tour guide. We were just some young cats in the game on our first American tour & like the freshmen we were Rick was the varsity cat who literally introduced us to everything (“wait you mean I can list like all the cereal i want on my rider & every city it comes and we can take it home?” “Wait Mike D spins records EVERY night before a show?” “Each member has a tourbus!!??” “Oh snap you know where all the record spots are?”) I mean by that point 94 Beasties were not the 84 Beasties I grew up on. They were responsible family cats doing meditation & exercising & like the wildest shit we did was rent out a go cart race track in Utah (thanks Yauch)—-we weren’t the know it alls we grew to be. We were just getting in the game. Powell was that older been there done that figure who schooled us to everything. Last day he told me “always save mementos & documents & photos” I never forgot that. Thank you Rickster! Rest In Breakbeats Man. @thelazyhustler#RIPRickyPowell.”

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