“No Half Steppin’ “, a new book by authors Claude “Paradise” Gray and Giuseppe “u.net” Pipitone, explains the role the Latin Quarter of NYC played in the creation of some of the best hip-hop to come out of the 1980’s and 1990’s including some of the greatest hip-hop legends. Being one of the first books to provide an oral history about hip-hop, it breaks ground in bringing readers back to the genesis of some of the most celebrated hits. Beyond this, it investigates the specific past of the often overlooked Times Square club, where stars like A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Eric B. & Rakin, Queen Latifah, and Public Enemy gained their fame. Featuring both pictures as well as written content, the book has been described as a, “great shot in the arm to hip-hop culture with an enjoyable reminder of what we had and our entertainment was also birthed from…inspiring smiles and memories like our family photo books,” by Christopher “Play” Martin (Kid & Play).
The book is available now for purchase via Wax Poetic’s website.