While setting up to interview Diwang Valdez in front of the camera during his visit to Los Angeles we asked a couple quick questions in regards to Los Angeles and Atlanta. As 1/3 of the Motion Family, Valdez has been key in providing visuals to clearly illustrate life in Atlanta…especially on the hip-hop frontier. Hit the jump and check out our quick interaction and be on the lookout for our exclusive interview with Diwang Valdez coming very soon.
To give you a quick background, Diwang Valdez is a Filipino living in the city of Atlanta. He does design, photography and directs film. He loves hip-hop, and got his first job thanks to Big Meech [of BMF]. As a film director he is 1/3 of the Motion Family who create some of the top visuals for rising artists and legends in the hip-hop game. Many of these artists are from Atlanta, for example T.I., Big Boi, Young Jeezy, Killer Mike, B.O.B., Pill, Alley Boy, Trouble and more. With some of the raw hard-hitting visuals you probably wouldn’t believe that it’s a Filipino, a Colombian and a Jewish guy actually shooting/directing these rappers in some of the more dangerous areas of Atlanta, Georgia. But when you understand their passion for hip-hop music and the culture in Atlanta it all makes sense. The Quick MMX is pretty much the MMXLII team putting random people on the hot seat and asking them a few random things and getting some fast, fun answers out of them. Let’s get to it shall we.
MMXLII: Alright so where are the hotter black girls, Atlanta or Los Angeles?
Diwang Valdez: Atlanta
M: Hotter white girls?
DV: Los Angeles
M: Hotter mixed girls?
DV: [gives us blank stare] c’mon guys, that’s unfair with Los Angeles. But none of that matters, I’m a happily married man.
M: Okay let’s leave the girls alone and get to food. Roscoe’s or Gladys & Ron’s Chicken & Waffles?
M: Best food in LA vs best food in Atlanta
DV: Korean BBQ in Los Angeles, but definitely the Soul Food in Atlanta
M: Any food Los Angeles trumps Atlanta [or any other city] in, and vice versa?
DV: The Mexican food in Los Angeles is pretty on point, maybe it’s the closeness to Mexico. There are Mexican food places in Atlanta, but you guys kill it out here.
M: Who do you feel is on the cusp of breaking through on the Atlanta scene and the Los Angeles scene?
DV: In Atlanta I think it’s Trouble and Alley Boy. On the cusp in L.A. I think it’s SchoolboyQ. I really like Schoolboy Q.
M: Your Top 5 Atlanta Albums of all time. If you had to go somewhere for awhile and could only take 5 with you, what would they be?
DV: OutKast – SouthernPlayalisticCadillacMuzik, Goodie Mob – Soul Food, T.I. – Trap Muzik, Young Jeezy – Thug Motivation 101 and Boyz N Da Hood’s 1st album
Stay tuned for our full interview with Diwang Valdez dropping tomorrow. As a bonus we included a few snapshots we took of his photography portfolio.