‘Hip Hop Revolution': New Exhibition Revisits the Origins of DJing, Breaking, and Rapping in New York City
© Janette Beckman, Big Daddy Kane, 1988, Courtesy of the Photographer
© Martha Cooper, Little Crazy Legs strikes an impromptu pose during Wild Style shoot, Riverside Park, Manhattan, 1983, Courtesy of the Photographer
For Hip Hop Revolution, legendary photographers Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo and Martha Cooper join together for a group exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York that brings us back to the early days of hip hop. Over one hundred images, spanning the thirteen years between 1977 and 1990, capture the city at a time when hip hop culture, DJing, breaking, and rapping was first taking over the streets, when groups like Salt ’n’ Pepa became fashion icons and the likes Afrika Bambaataa first developed breakbeat mixes. As The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and Queen Latifa skyrocketed from local New York venues onto the international stage, these three photographers were there alongside them, snapping away at what they knew would be a movement remembered for generations to come.