Chi Modu: "Wu-Tang Clan used to hang out at The Source when they were coming up. So I was close with the Wu, and I was even closer with Method Man. I didn’t get called in for the Wu-Tang album, cause that was by committee. But when it came down to Tical, Meth wanted me to shoot his album cover.
That’s another one for the missed opportunities file. But in the end, what always exonerates my position is when you look at the photographs.
"He was with Def Jam at that point. And the record label creative department doesn’t always like being told who to use. And that’s what happens, cause I’m usually brought in by the artists. I’m rarely hired by the label. Artists say “that’s my guy, I want him to do it.” So there was a little bit of conflict there.
"I shot Tical, but it didn’t go too well with the creative director. I personally would have just run this shot full-size on the album jacket or CD cover and just left it at that. I wouldn’t have darkened it and done all that stuff. That’s kind of the downside sometimes when you’re not on the same page with the creative team.
"That’s another one for the missed opportunities file. But in the end, what always exonerates my position is when you look at the photographs. And I think ultimately you can look back and say, he actually knew what he was doing."