princess nokia, the square, tink, and hudson mohawke sound off

To celebrate our 35th anniversary, we've cherry-picked the hottest faces in fashion, music, art and film, and in typical i-D style we've asked them some very i-D questions! Get to know the hottest kids in R&B, grime and hip hop aka Princess Nokia, The...

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Jul 3 2015, 11:25am

Photography Alasdair McLellan. Styling Julia Sarr-Jamois. Hair Tina Outen at Streeters London. Make-up Maki Ryoke at Tim Howard Mangement using Tom Ford Beauty. Princess Nokia wears all clothing Moschino.

Princess Nokia

What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm an artist. I am naturally compelled to narrate stories and vision the work that I make.

What was your big break?
The release of my first album Metallic Butterfly.

What are you working on at the moment?
Art pieces based on naturalism and botany; developing my collective Smart Girl Club; dropping a new mix tape this summer; and throwing a new party called NC-17.

This is the 35th Anniversary Issue of i-D, when did you last celebrate and what did you celebrate for?
I recently gave a discussion on feminism, and gave an Honorarium at Harvard University. Afterwards, the professors, alumni and I got dinner and had a great conversation.

Tell us one thing that no one knows about you?
I'm a bird watcher.

@princessnokia

The Square

Photography Alasdair McLellan. Styling Max Clark. Hair Matt Mulhall at Streeters London. Make-up Hiromi Ueda at Julian Watson Agency using Sisley Skincare and Cosmetics. The Square wear all tracksuits from The Square, hates and jewellery models' own. 

What do you do and why do you do it?
Dee Jillz: 
Grime music, because I love it.
Lucky Lolingo: I produce grime music, because I've loved it all my life.

Describe yourself...
D: Grime, humble, cool, great.
L: Humble.

How did you start your career?
D: With practice and freestyle videos.
L: My brother showed me how to produce.

What was your big break?
D: Working with Grandmixxer.
L: Starting to DJ.

What advice would you give young people wishing to follow in your footsteps?
D: Get money.
L: No matter how hard it is, you will master your craft.

Tell us one thing that no one knows about you.
D: I'm mischievous.
L: I skateboard a lot.

Finish this sentence: 35 is the new
D:
...19.
L: ...leng.

@deejillz

@lolingoproducer

Tink

Photography Alasdair McLellan. Styling Julia Sarr-Jamois. Hair Tina Outen at Streeters London. Make-up Maki Ryoke at Tim Howard Mangement using Tom Ford Beauty. Tink wears jacket and sweatshirt Stussy. Hat Alexander Wang (Menswear). Earrings Claire's Accessories. 

What do you do and why do you do it?
I rap, sing and write because it's what I was born to do.

Describe yourself in five words.
The voice of my generation.

How did you start your career?
Recording in the basement with my father.

What was your big break?
Timbaland heard a record of mine and insisted on producing my debut album.

What are you working on at the moment?
Think Tink, the album.

What advice would you give young people wishing to follow in your footsteps?
Embrace your flaws. Be an individual!

We're celebrating the 35th Anniversary Issue of i-D, when did you last celebrate and what was the occasion?
My 20th birthday on March 18th.

What excites you most about tomorrow?
Knowing that I'll wake up and do something I love.

Tell us one thing that no one knows about you.
I'm a very private and reserved person. I like my space.

What's your party trick?
Shots!

Finish this sentence: 35 is the new
23.

@official_tink

Hudson Mohawke

Photography Alasdair McLellan. Styling Max Clark. Hair Matt Mulhall at Streeters London. Make-up Hiromi Ueda at Julian Watson Agency using Sisley Skincare and Cosmetics. Hudson wears jacket Versace. 

How did you start your career?
The first records I made were vocal records, RnB bootlegs - it was before I was working with Warp, and before twitter - this was the Myspace days.

Tell us one thing no one knows about you.
I'm not really a musician you know, I fumble my way through to get where I want to get.

What advice would you give young people wishing to follow in your footsteps?
If you're gonna be performing with the A List people, you have to change your mentality - there are certain ways you have to conduct yourself - if you're in certain environments, you don't know who's company you're gonna be in, or who's gonna walk in- you can't have your phone out filming shit.

@hudmo

Read The Young Musicians: Part One here.