Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey
Hip-hop, as a culture, has spanned over four decades, from its early days in New York City to its now worldwide success and influential status. For some, it’s a way of life that dictates their every move: the way they dress and even how they speak...
Before now, there’s never really been a book that gave testament to the rise of this movement, culture and genre of music. Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey is not just a book that encompasses some of the key game-changers over the past 40 years – including Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Salt ‘N’ Pepa and the Notorious B.I.G – but it’s also a literary and photographic stroke of genius.
With an introduction by one of the founding fathers of hip-hop, Brother Afrika Bambaataa, it’s completed with exclusive photos of Faith Evans, Method Man, Chuck D and many others – along with 70 original essays from some of the world’s best journalists and authors.
The sheer existence of this book showcases the importance of hip-hop and how the genre has remained relevant. “I would love for the book to be looked at in twenty years time, as a definitive encapsulation of the first four decades of hip-hop and American History through the lens of hip-hop culture,” says Jordan Sommers, the Editor-in-Chief of the project and President of ARIA Multimedia.
“The book also deals with hip-hop outside of the United States. The last essay, ‘Planet Hip-Hop’, is about hip-hop’s global reach and impact. The book is meant to be a time capsule – its start in the 60s and goes through all the way to 2010.”
For all the true hip-hop fans out there, this will be an essential literary and photographic large format book that will not only do justice for a genre that is usually marred in the media, but it will also give an insight into the minds of those who have been involved in the culture for over 20 years.
Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey is out on July 25.
Words: Denise Kodia (@CMyPassion)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)