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.