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This 'Eco Hip-Hop' Pioneer Wants to Bring Healthy Eating to the 'Harlem of the West'

This 'Eco Hip-Hop' Pioneer Wants to Bring Healthy Eating to the 'Harlem of the West'

Over the years, many hip-hop stars have died far too young from health causes: Phife Dawg aka “the funky diabetic” from Type 1 diabetes; Big Pun from a heart attack; and Craig Mack from heart failure. According to studies, Black Americans are almost twice as likely to get diabetes as non-hispanic whites. And while there are endless structural reasons why health outcomes might differ across racial lines, Dr. Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita is a rapper, chef, and gardener trying to make a dent in them. Vita makes what he calls eco hip-hop, which addresses sustainability, food justice, and climate change through a hip-hop lens. To him, “it's no different to being a gangster—we just repping the hood a different way.”

The stylist behind the ultimate 90s hip hop looks

The stylist behind the ultimate 90s hip hop looks

“I think that Kim and I were magical together and when you have that type of synergy only greatness can come forth. We were thinking outside of the box and unapologetically taking risks. People gravitate to that type of authentic and creative energy.”