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May 24, 2015

Pictures of the Hip-hop Culture in the 1980s

DJing, MCing, Breaking, Graffiti Art, and Beatbox are the creative outlets of Hip-Hop culture. Like punk and the blues, these arts allowed people to make a statement, whether political or emotional. This practices spread globally around the 1980s as fans could "make it their own" and express themselves in new and creative ways. Hip Hop got one of its big boosts during the Harlem Renaissance with the increased promotion of African American culture.

JDL at Skatin’ Palace, 1981. © Joe Conzo

Almighty KG of the Cold Crush Brothers at Harlem World, 1981. © Joe Conzo

Charlie Chase of the Cold Crush Brothers at Norman Thomas High School, 1981. © Joe Conzo

Little Crazy Legs strikes an impromptu pose during Wild Style shoot, Riverside Park, Manhattan, 1983. © Martha Cooper

High Times Crew breaking outside transit police station, Washington Heights, Manhattan, 1980. © Martha Cooper

Afrika Bambaata, Bronx, 1983. © Janette Beckman

LL Cool J with Cut Creator, E-Love, and B-Rock, 1986. © Janette Beckman

Chuck D. of Public Enemy, 1987. © Janette Beckman

EPMD, 1989. © Janette Beckman and Jester

Slick Rick, 1989. © Janette Beckman and Morning Breath

Salt-N-Pepa, 1987. © Janette Beckman and Claw Money

Stetsasonic, 1988. © Janette Beckman and Chino

JDL and Grandmaster Caz at Club Negril, 1981. © Joe Conzo

Busta Rhymes from Leaders of the New School, 1990. © Janette Beckman


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