While the name may not strike a chord with most heads, his visual accomplishments are more than remarkable. Having shot and designed the covers for Enter the Wu-Tang, Return Of The Boom Bap, Diary Of A Mad Band (Jodeci), Hard To Earn (Gang Starr), The Sun Rises In The East, Group Home’s Livin’ Proof, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, etc.; Daniel Hastings is a legend in his own right. In an interview with the homies over at ego trip, the NYC-based photographer breaks down how he got the job shooting the cover to Wu’s debut classic and proceeds to tell some wild Wu stories.
They fuckin’ start going, “WU-TANG CLAN AIN’T NUTHIN’ TO FUCK WIT’! WU-TANG CLAN AIN’T NUTHIN’ TO FUCK WIT’! WU-TANG CLAN AIN’T NUTHIN’ TO FUCK WIT’!” Yo, everyone was like, “What the fuck is that?!” [laughs] This shit was in 1993. This [sort of thing] didn’t happen. These dudes just rushed the stage and just fuckin’ cleared everybody out. And that place went bananas, bro. Everybody just started jumping around, man, screaming “Wu-Tang!” I was jumping around. I mean, it was the best of the best shit I’d seen.