Gritty City: Meet New York’s most underrated creatives (Vol 1)



The big apple is absolutely flooded with talent, enough for even us to feel overwhelmed at times in terms of coverage. Don’t think we’re not watching and taking notes though. These individuals have been making waves creatively and deserve their shine. Every other week we’ll put out a quick list of creatives in NYC who have what it takes to make it. Hit our email if you or someone you know of should be featured! Here’s our first five.

Annie Bercy

Photo by @britt.ti

Bercy may very well have been behind the lens for some of your favorite artists’ iconic moments over the years. She has established herself as a premier photographer, videographer, cinematographer, director, editor, graphic designer and the list goes on. She’s worked with Paper Magazine with stars like Lil Yatchy and D.R.A.M, and is no slouch in front of the cam either. She’s an all around creative and one of the coolest doing it in the city.

Karin Kamryn

Photo by Jai Florez

Kamryn caught our attention with her recent feature in The Village Voice newspaper. Inspired by Nina Simone and Frida Kahlo, the actress and writer went on to craft her own web series entitled Coffee and Cream. The show has received rave reviews, as it chronicles the black experience from the eyes of Kamryn herself. It’s timely humor and underlying social commentary make it a great watch for everyone, and the show’s execution is proof that its creator is a name to keep an eye on in the film world.


Walter was still a senior in high school when him and a friend (@theotelonis) began crafting the publication we now know as The Uncommon Magazine. The mag, which he describes on his IG is for “Young artist who are very passionate about their art and wanted an outlet to explore and express it, without being prejudged by their social following, race or gender.” It’s dropped online and graced select shelves in NYC as him and his friends have turned their dream to a reality. Aside from the mag, Soberyungwalter has a passion for fashion, and as an influencer, he very well might be the reason your MCM changed his style up.

Alex Phoenix

Photo by @Nigerianrebel

Phoenix is an artist with no boundaries, as she’s showed promise as a singer and songwriter, as well as an actress. The music side is where she really excels and her smooth, sultry tunes caught our attention on Soundcloud. Songs like “One Love” and “Here + Now” proved her dexterity on the mic and her live performances show that it’s no fluke. She sounds just as silky live as she does on her tracks, and we can’t wait to hear more from her down the line.

Dillon Cooper

Cooper smashed onto the scene with his viral hit “State Of Elevation” and has since carved out a solid string of projects and material. Despite his prominence among hip hop heads in NYC though, Cooper is still criminally underrated nationwide. His buzz is one hit or project away from getting back into the forefront of young NY rappers, and with 2017 tracks like “Greedy” and “Blessings”, he’s closing in on what should’ve been his all along.

Who should be on the next list? Shoot us an email here!