Awol Erizku’s New Show Is—and Is Not—a Drill

Photography by Tom Carter. All images courtesy of the artist and Ben Brown Fine Arts.

The haunting dings of a Casio A, B flat, C flat, and D ​chime in jarring unison as they ​reverberate around Awol Erizku's Downtown Los Angeles studio. But the voice that follows ​the familiar keyboard riffs ​is not Crystal Waters nor any of the hundreds of remixes and reworks of her 1991 dance hit "Gypsy Woman (La da dee la da da​),​" but rather ​JAYPROB, a New York-based, self-described “photogRapper” who released the song "Bronxlyn" with recording artist Rocky Snyda as an NFT earlier this year. I’m slightly thrown off. “This is drill,” explains Erizku, happy with the success of his intended effect. Wearing a black snapback that reads “Esoteric” in chunky Medieval font, he bounces his head to the beat.

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