Hip Hop When The World Was Young
November 18, 2014 7:20 AM   Subscribe

In the early 1990s, photographer and cinematographer Lisa Leone was a fixture on the New York hip hop scene. She recently uncovered a trove of old behind-the-scenes photos of iconic rappers and breakdancers, which have been collected into the book Here I Am, and are currently on exhibit at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The New York Times' Lens blog has an excellent selection of the shots.
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posted by Going To Maine at 8:11 AM on November 18, 2014

I apologize for the fact that "the Bronx Museum of the Arts" makes me start giggling. I know it's evil, but I can't help it.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:56 AM on November 18, 2014

Ah. The funny part is the idea that people from the Bronx might be interested in art, then?
posted by Diablevert at 12:37 PM on November 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

It looks like a cool exhibit, thanks for the link. The article is a bit off, though. I'm going to blame it on some NYT editor and not the artist or the author. I watched the slideshow "Before they were hip hop stars" and all I could think was: a good half of the people they showed (Rosie Perez, Grandmaster Flash, Isaac Hayes, Fab Five Freddy) were quite well known years, and even decades, before the photos were taken.

Pedantic, I know. I get so torn with the NYT. I appreciate that they aim to cover a diversity of voices - but sometimes the NYT just seems so disconnected.
posted by kanewai at 12:54 PM on November 18, 2014

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