Preview Edition 4 before it hits shelves later this week
“All of the music our cover stars are making is truly resonating with our generation.”
Hayley Louisa Brown, founder and editor-in-chief of Brick magazine, has just revealed the latest edition, fronted by SZA, Playboi Carti, and Jorja Smith. Once again working with Catalogue on its design, edition 4 is a celebration of “the duality between this high energy punk influenced rap and the resurgence that R&B and neo-soul seem to be having right now”, and also Brown’s debut shoot for the mag, for which she shot SZA. “I was so nervous about (it),” she says. “I get to commission so many incredible photographers for the magazine that I didn’t – and still don’t – really feel worthy of having one, but I’ve been imagining photographing SZA for so long now that I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.” She adds that the singer was “so warm and friendly and just incredibly beautiful.”
Inside the magazine, SZA talks about her sense of self, Carti opens up about high expectations, and Smith shares her wisdom. Brick also continues its essay section – which Brown says she feels “has gone up a level” – with features about Ras Kass’s album Soul on Ice and how it “resonates in America’s current political climate”, as well as a conversation with Stretch, of legendary hip hop radio host duo, Stretch & Bobbito. Elsewhere, Leila Steinberg, Tupac’s manager and mentor, and co-founder of The Microphone Sessions (alongside Jody Armour, a professor at USC and author), which plays out in a photo essay that touches upon politics, social justice and race issues. “The work they do is so important,” adds Brown. Also, photographer Estevan Orio opens his archive and takes time to shoot Jeezy for the latest edition. “He is one of my favourite photographers of all time”, says Brown, “so having him involved has been a dream come true.”
Brown also promises some video content in the near future, alongside more events.
Edition 4 hits shelves on December 6. Pre-order now here