1. Martha Cooper: Hip Hop Files 1979 - 1984

    Martha Cooper has the reputation of being the first and foremost photographer of hip hop culture in New York City.

    Cooper was a photo-journalist living in New York City when she first began documenting the origins of B-boy (short for break-boys) and hip hop culture. While other New Yorkers at the time saw this movement as a trite, uninspired or even offensive fad, Martha found a new form of expressing art. Through her camera lens we recount the infancy of hip-hop culture, from the alleys and subways of New York to the masses beyond the boroughs. (available on amazon,  also check out Jamel Shabazz photo series)

    Producer Amerigo Gazaway: *Soul Mates* series continues the theme of his previous work in creating collaborations that never were. On the series’ first installment, the producer unites Brooklyn rapper Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and soul legend Marvin Gaye for a soul stirring masterpiece mashup aptly titled “Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One)

    Stream the whole thing on SoundCloud or download it here (for a limited time).

    photos:©martha cooper. all rights reserved

     
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