Born in the Bronx, New York City's hip-hop scene changed the face of modern music and the culture at large. This set combines rare memorabilia, from posters to personal letters, that tells its behind-the-scenes story. Gift this bundle to a hip-hop-loving family member for the holiday season.
-Wild Style by Charlie Ahearn Japan: Kaz Kuzui and Shun Hisamatsu, 1983. 62pp. 12mo. (5 ½ x 6 ¾ in.) Staple bound. Good condition. This is a very rare art book and cassette tape made in Japan in conjunction with the release of the classic hip-hop film Wild Style directed by Charlie Ahearn. Designed by Shun Hisamatsu and Kaz Kuzui, the book and cassette are housed in a plastic slipcase and contains full-color collages, photographs, and newspaper clippings of performers and graffiti artists who appear in the film Wild Style. The included cassette tape is titled “Wild Style Hip Hop Rap Music in New York” and is meant to look like a mixtape. The tape contains selections from the Wild Style soundtrack. Wild Style is often referred to as the first hip-hop movie. Released in 1982, it is a hybrid of a documentary and narrative musical, featuring seminal figures of the time such as Fab Five Freddy, Lady Pink, The Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster Flash, Lee Quinones, and others. This Japanese book and cassette demonstrate the far-reaching impact of hip-hop culture in the South Bronx in the early 1980s, and varying formats with which it was documented.
-Beat Bop Vinyl LP. Fine condition. The highly sought-after single by Ramellzee and K-Rob, produced and cover design by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Edition of 500.
-Planet Rock - Test Pressing Vinyl LP. Near fine condition. The test pressing for the 1982 single by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force that skyrocketed the group to international fame and cemented hip-hop as an important cultural force.
-Melle Mel Ink on paper. Signed. (8 ½ x 11 in.) Lyrics to Grandmaster Melle Mel’s hit song, The Message, written in the hand of the artist.