Martha Cooper has the reputation of being the first and foremost photographer of emerging Hip Hop culture in New York City. Hip Hop Files––Photographs 1979-1984 makes a significant part of her extensive and unique archive accessible for the first time. The photos include Hip Hop legends
DONDI, LEE, FAB 5 FREDDY, BLADE, SEEN, the ROCK STEADY CREW, DEZ aka DJ KAY SLAY, GRANDMASTER CAZ, DURO, LADY PINK, RUN DMC, RAMMELLZEE, and FUTURA 2000.
From 1999 to 2003, Akim Walta aka ZEB.ROC.SKI, well-known German Hip Hop head and founder of MZEE Records, searched out the subjects in the photos and cuducted numerous interviews, obtaining insightful quotes and statements by over 70 Hip Hop icons to accompany the shots.
The book includes a thoughtful introduction by ZEPHYR as well as essays by CHARLIE AHEARN, PATTI ASTOR, and POPMASTER FABEL, participants in the early Hip Hop scene.