When this book first arrived in the mail, encased in a massive box, I thought there must be some mistake. I was supposed to receive a book, not an old-school big-box TV. But after opening, all was made clear: Hip-Hop Culture's first official luxury, large format book Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey is a staggeringly massive 420-page tribute to the birth, evolution and global impact of Hip-Hop Culture over the past four decades.
The massive book includes never-before-seen photos and interviews with the pioneers, players and legends of Hip-Hop and brings to life the from Grandmaster Flash to Nicki Minaj. Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey is beautifully Smyth sewn in bonded black leather, measuring an impressive 13 x 18 inches and weighs in at 15 ½ pounds.
Composed of exclusive first-person testimonials from the souls who made Hip-Hop what it is today, the book includes 30 original essays and 40 original, individual profiles of influential "game changers" written by Hip-Hop's top journalists and authors, as well as one-of-a-kind Polaroid portraits captured by celebrated photographer Jonathan Mannion, and hundreds of powerful images compiled by key eyewitnesses to the Culture. Brimming with unseen photos and archival interviews with the leaders and originators of hip-hop, the 420-page text wrapped in black leather allows readers to experience the full story of an art form that's built a fire few could've predicted.
“This book, Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey offers an extensive and in-depth look at the culture which changed the world and will become an important asset to American history,” mogul Russell Simmons says.
President of ARIA and Editor-In-Chief Jordan Sommers also shares his ties with the music, “Growing up during the rise of Hip-Hop Culture had a profound effect on me. It became my mission to create an unprecedented tome highlighting its tremendous impact and influence on the world.”
Contributors from some of the most respected music and entertainment publications and websites and detail the birth, evolution and global impact of the culture in the book. Top hip-hop icons from yesteryear and today such as Jay-Z, Afrika Bambaataa, Kanye West, Eminem, Run-DMC, Diddy, Will Smith and more are profiled for their impact on the culture.
“We are thrilled to be releasing such a monumental collection chronicling the journey of Hip-Hop Culture in America and throughout the world,” says Jeff Wald, CEO of ARIA.
Russell Simmons, profiled as a game-changer who managed seminal stars Blow, Run-DMC and LL Cool J and who co-founded Def Jam Recordings, says the book not only documents hip-hop's growth but also examines its global reach.
"People want to talk about how hip-hop has expanded into fashion or sneakers or soft drinks, but let's talk about how there couldn't be a President Barack Obama without hip-hop," Simmons says. "Hip-hop culture is what tore down so many of the racial walls in this country that would have otherwise stood in his way."
The book includes first-person testimonials from:
AD ROCK, AKIL, B REAL, BABY D, BENNY BOOM, BIG DADDY KANE, BIG HUTCH, BILL DUKE, BOBBITO GARCIA, BONZ MALONE, BOOTS RILEY, BREEZE, BRENT ROLLINS, BROTHER J, C.L. SMOOTH, CASUAL, CEE-LO, CEY ADAMS, CHALI 2NA, CHARLIE AHEARN, CHINO, CHUCK D, CMG, CRAIG G, CROOKED I, D-NICE, DADDY-O, DAVE (De La Soul), DAVID BANNER, DAZ, DAZE, DEF JEF, DEFARI, DEVIN THE DUDE, DIAMOND D, DJ BABU, DJ BATTLECAT, DJ BOBCAT, DJ CASH MONEY, DJ JAZZY JEFF, DJ KHALIL, DJ PREMIER, DJ QBERT, DJ RED ALERT, DJ ROB SWIFT, DJ Z-TRIP, DMC, DOCTOR ICE, DONALD D, DRES, E-40, E-SWIFT, EASY MO BEE, ECSTASY, EGYPTIAN LOVER, ERICK SERMON, EVERLAST, EVIDENCE, FAB 5 FREDDY, FAITH EVANS, FREDDIE FOXXX, FREDWRECK, GRANDDADDY I.U., GRANDMASTER CAZ, GRANDMIXER DXT, GRANDWIZARD THEODORE, GREG NICE, HAKIM GREEN, HEAVY D, ICE-T, J-RO, JALIL, JEAN GRAE, JERU THE DAMAJA, JIMMY SPICER, JOE CONZO, JOHN FORTE, JULIO G, JUST-ICE, KAM, KAMRON, KID, KID CAPRI, KOOL KEITH, KOOL MO DEE, KRAZY DRAYZ, KRONDON, KURTIS BLOW, KURUPT, L.A. SUNSHINE, LADY OF RAGE, LADY PINK, LARGE PROFESSOR, LEE QUINONES, LORD FINESSE, LORD JAMAR, MARLEY MARL, MARTHA COOPER, MASTA ACE, MC EIHT, MC LYTE, MC SERCH, METHOD MAN, MICHAEL HOLMAN, MIKE G, MIKE TYSON, MILK D, MONIE LOVE, MURS, NEEDLZ, NELLY, NIKKI D, PARIS, PARRISH SMITH, PAUL WALL, PEANUT BUTTER WOLF, PEBBLEE POO, PETE ROCK, PHAROAH MONCH, PHIL DA AGONY, POSDNOUS, PRINCE, MARKIE DEE, PRINCE PAUL, PRINCE PO, PSYCHO LES, QUESTLOVE, R. PROPHET, RAKAA IRISCIENCE, RAS KASS, ROXANNE SHANTE, SACHA JENKINS, SADAT X, SCHOOLLY D, SHOCK G, SPECIAL ED, SPECIAL ONE, SPINDERELLA, SPOONIE GEE, STAT QUO, T LA ROCK, TALIB KWELI, TASH, TEAIRRA MARI, TECH N9NE, TIM DOG, TITO, TONY TOUCH, TOO $HORT. WISE INTELLIGENT, XZIBIT, YO-YO and YOUNG MC
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