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In our circle of esteemed shooters, we sometimes call our cameras "guns." Back in the day, these two street soldiers were soldiers of a different type; with different guns. Veteran photographers Ernie Paniccioli and Joe Conzo served their country before visually serving Hip-Hop culture. On Veteran's Day, let us remember those who served their country [...]

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Sneaker Fiends rejoice. Starting today, July 10, at The Brooklyn Museum the first comprehensive sneaker exhibition, Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture will kick-off. As one of the co-stars of the cult classic sneaker doc "Just For Kicks" and a rocker of fresh kicks since the early 80s, I can certainly appreciate an exhibition dedicated to [...]

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Congratulations to our good friend, ATW collaborator and New York legend, Benjy "Yellow Benjy" Melendez for the release of his new book, "Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker." An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, a Bronx legend, [...]

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Hip-Hop Revolution

The Museum of the City of New York presents HIP-HOP REVOLUTION: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper, an exhibition that shows the historic early days of hip-hop culture and music, with its roots firmly in New York, and how it evolved towards the worldwide phenomenon it is today. Bringing together for the first time the work [...]

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On Thursday January 29th, Adidas gets their A THOUSAND WORDS on. Our favorite old school brand is curating "a one of a kind exhibition" celebrating the Adidas Superstar's street roots. The show will feature works by photographers: Sue Kwon, Brock Fetch, Shadi, Christina Rinaldi, Chandler Kennedy and our good friend, Jamel Shabazz, among others. The [...]

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Remembering Hip-Hop's King of Beats, Larry Smith

Rest In Beats, Lawrence Michael "Larry" Smith. Your sonic footprint in Hip-Hop remains unmatched and your timeless beats will rock on way past the break o’ dawn.

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Nothing says classic Hip-Hop like the documentary film, Style Wars. On the 30th anniversary of the film's 1984 release, "The indispensable document of Hip-Hop culture" is finally available in Hi-Definition Blu-ray. The word "exciting" would be an understatement. After a successful fundraiser to restore the film's original and very damaged negative to Hi-Def, Style Wars has [...]

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Check The Technique Volume 2

Our Beantown brethren and Hip-Hop connoisseur Brian Coleman is up to it again. His hot new book Check The Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies has officially dropped and we couldn't be happier.    Presenting never-before-told, behind-the-scenes histories ranging from influential ‘80s masterpieces like DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s He’s The [...]

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Freeway: Crack in the Systyem

FREEWAY: CRACK IN THE SYSTEM tells the story of broken dreams, drug dealers, dirty cops, and government complicity – more compelling than fiction, it’s the real story behind America’s longest war. This documentary by award-winning filmmaker Marc Levin (SLAM, Mr. Untouchable, Brick City) exposes how the infiltration of crack-cocaine destroyed inner-city neighborhoods across the [...]

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Happy Birthday Hip-Hop!

41 years ago, in a small rec-room in the Bronx New York, Hip-Hop was happening.  On August 11,1973, Clive "DJ Kool Herc" Campbell DJed for his sister Cindy's "Back to School Jam" at 1520 Sedgwick Ave., --officially recognized as the "Birthplace of Hip-Hop"-- and sparked a cultural revolution."I wrote out the invites on index cards, so all Herc [...]

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