Earlier this year we announced the arrival of “Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey“; a coffee table read chronicling key players in the hip-hop game over the past 50 years. Although the book first hit stores back in February, it continues to gain a wealth of press as GQ Magazine recommended it to readers just two weeks ago, and numerous celebrities continue to jump on in support of the project. The book is starting to gain notice around the globe too:
On Friday night the Red Bull Studios housed the launch of the celebrated hip hop book, Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey- a compendium of artists and cultural figures featuring in the hip hop world over the last 50 years. The books took centre stage in the studio lounge, with people pouring in to lust after its thick glossy pages. At 15 lbs, the sheer weight of the book is a fitting representation of heavyweight influence that hip hop has had on contemporary culture as we know it. The content reads like any hip-hoppers wet dream, chock full of a cross section of hip hop culture including the often omitted graffiti artists, along with producers, DJs, and of course, some of the biggest artists in history- my favourites were Snoop Dogg in a Burberry shower cap followed by more poignant ones of Eminem looking strung out surrounded by crumpled lyric-covered scraps of paper. Beautifully shot, they show the diversity, humour and rise of a culture that was bubbling underground for many years in the US, and has re-written how we see beats, rhymes and life today.
So, we at RESPECT. suggest you check out “Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey” if you haven’t done so already. We’ll allow Method Man and Masta Killa to give you a little sneak-peak below:
Via Red Bull UK
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