Hip-Hop has been in existence for over four decades and its rich history is deserving of continual examination and reverence. UK-based art and design studio Dorothy has unveiled its new Hip-Hop Love Blueprint that pays homage to founding fathers DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, while also honoring current culture leaders Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar among several dozen others, all using the circuit diagram of the turntable.
Our Hip-Hop Love Blueprint celebrates over 700 MCs, DJs, producers, turntablists, musicians, graffiti artists, b-boys and b-girls who (in our opinion) have been pivotal to the evolution of hip-hop, from pioneers such as DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash to present day superstars such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar.
The prints pays homage to the godfathers of hip-hop (Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets) but takes its starting point as DJ Kool Herc’s Back to School Jam in the Bronx, New York in August 1973 – the party that is widely regarded as the birthplace of hip-hop.
The print weaves it way through many different scenes and record labels including early old-school innovators (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Cold Crush Brothers), golden age heroes (Run–DMC, Beastie Boys, KRS-One, Eric B. & Rakim), hip-hop collective Native Tongues (De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love), politically charged hip-hop (Public Enemy, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Lauryn Hill), legendary East Coast artists (The Notorious B.I.G, Nas), legendary West Coast artists (Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre), gangsta rap (Ice-T, N.W.A, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg), hardcore (Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep), Southern rap (Lil Wayne, T.I., Outkast) underground hip-hop (Company Flow, MF Doom, Aesop Rock), turntablism (Invisibl Scratch Piklz, The X-Ecutioners), trip-hop (Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead), UK grime (Wiley, Skepta and Stormzy) and legendary producers (DJ Premier, J Dilla, Madlib).
Also honored in the blueprint are b-boy and b-girl crews like the New York City Breakers and Rock Steady Crew. Graffiti writers also get props such as Lady Pink and Futura 2000.
The blueprint is screen printed metallic gold with a cobalt blue background. Check out the piece in full by following this link.
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Angie Martinez didn’t become the “The Voice of New York” overnight. The Brooklyn native put in years of work before being a Hip-Hop radio icon. She recently sat down with the Complex Blueprint series to discuss her monumental come up and more.
With a parent in the radio business Angie developed an interest in broadcasting at a very early age. “I remember growing up and hearing my mother say things [like] ‘Oh these jocks, I hate when they love the sound of their own voice.’ I had that insight of the other side of radio as a kid because I always heard that from her” she explained.
Martinez also details her professional entry into the game as an intern for Power 96 Miami. The opportunity didn’t come via a job interview but rather as a second chance to get her teenage years in order after developing a habit of not attending school. “My mother found out eventually and she shipped me to Miami.”
Ang also credits Funkmaster Flex as the one who gave her the first shot at airtime when she was his board operator saying “he would get on the mic and he wasn’t really comfortable so he would wind up talking to me.”
The original Butter Pecan Rican also talks ultimately leaving HOT97, writing her first book and drops multiple jewels on how to advance one’s brand. A definite must watch for any fan of the culture.
You can peep the twenty minute plus interview in its’ entirity below.
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Photo: Complex / David Cabrera
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