Spotlight: Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey

Written by Brendan. Posted in Awesome, Hip-Hop 101


Published on January 27, 2011 with 4 Comments

Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey is a luxury, large format book that explores the birth, evolution and global impact of hip hop culture over the past four decades. And believe me when I say that this book did its homework. Standing at 1 ∏ feet tall by over 1 foot wide, and weighing in at an astounding 16 lbs, the book is over 420 pages of pure hip hop history, featuring 70 original essays and over 40 profiles on hip hop icons. A five second glance at the list of names featured shows such game-changers as Grandmaster Caz, Questlove, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and even the likes of Mike Tyson;and that’s barely a fraction of the names included. Hell, the intro is even written by hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa.

Still not sold? Well check out some of the outstanding artwork and one of a kind Polaroid portraits captured by celebrated photographer Jonathan Mannion:

The book will be available starting 2/8, and is debuting at the Grammy Museum in L.A. with a special media day on February 8th. For all my friends and family who are reading this, you now officially have something to get me for my birthday.



Brendan is an English major at GWU in DC, and originally hails from Philadelphia. When he's not writing for The Rap Up or avoiding his homework, he's either feeding his unhealthy sneaker addiction or looking up humorous dog pictures on the internet. If you ever need him, play Aasim's "Hip-Hop 101" by moonlight and he shall appear.

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  1. That’s a big ass book. Any word who the author(s) are? Looks like it would be worth picking up, wonder what the price be.

    • $300!
      420 pages
      original essays
      exhibition at The Grammy Museum Feb 5th through May 4th

  2. HUGE excitement surrounding this book. It’s amazing, one of a kind


  3. Nice. Hopefully people like Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Drake, and all the other “shit” hop artists will be able to get something out of it and find something other than moneys, hoes, cars, and clothes to rap about.

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