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Compiled by legendary hip-hop designer Cey Adams, DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop is the first comprehensive anthology published in the name of the genre during the last thirty-five years. This landmark volume celebrates a culture that has made its mark on everything from fine art to the label on a bottle of Hawaiian Punch, including fashion, automobiles, movies, television, advertising, and sneakers. It highlights the careers and artwork of such crucial hip-hop elders as Lady Pink, Haze, Run-DMC, Dapper Dan, Buddy Esquire, Spike Lee, and Snoop Dogg as well as contemporary giants like Kehinde Wiley, Mr. Cartoon, Shepard Fairey, Dalek, Mike Thompson, Jor One, and Claw Money, and dozens of others, DEFinition examines the evolution of hip-hop as a visual phenomenon with the historical depth that only an insider like Cey Adams can provide. Featuring more than 200 stunning photographs and illustrations as well as compelling essays by some of hip-hop's most seasoned voices, DEFinition illuminates the culture in a form that speaks to aficionados and newcomers alike.
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Cey Adams is a hip-hop graphic artist whose career has taken him from bombing subway trains to designing album covers, stage backdrops, sportswear, and indelible logos. His clients include Def Jam Recordings, Bad Boy Records, Roca Wear, Adidas, Burton Snowboards, Coca-Cola, MoÃ«t & Chandon, Comedy Central, HBO, Warner Brothers, and many others. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Bill Adler is the former director of publicity for Def Jam Recordings and Rush Artist Management, where he promoted the careers of hip-hop legends Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, 3rd Bass, and Slick Rick, and many others. Between 2003 and 2007 he was the owner and curator of the Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery, an exhibition space devoted to hiphop's visual arts.Review:
The first comprehensive anthology of visual art published in the name [of hiphop] . . . . If you're into Run-DMC, Spike Lee, Haze, Claw, Snoop, Notorious, Dapper Dan, and Ricky Powell, you'll be into this latest classic. --E.D., Juxtapoz, January 2009
Cey is like Reid Miles, hip-hop-wise; he established the standard of hiphop graphics. But he gives equal props to all of DEFinition's artists and to many of his competitors of the time. Cey and Bill Adler are a class duo. --Chuck D, PublicEnemy.com, October 25, 2008
Explores the work of the graphic artists behind some of the most compelling visuals in the history of hip-hop. --Shahendra Ohneswere, Giant, October/November 2008
A vivid dissection of hip-hop imagery's history and the artists who helped define it. --Adam Anonymous, HipHop Connection (UK), January/February 2009
A must-have for the true Hip-Hop enthusiast. --Michael Ahene, theSource.com, December 8, 2008
;A must for anyone interested in hip-hop and its many spin-offs. --highsnobiety.com, October 16, 2008
A gorgeously provocative companion piece for music heads consumed with the classic and the current. --Keith Murphy, Vibe, November 2008
Eye-popping . . . .Comes very close to making high art out of street art. --D.R., Metro, 10/20/08
Could easily be used as a primer for art school students and a reference book for art critics now and in the future. -- mic-to-mic.blogspot, October 14, 2008
Whether you're a fan of rap and hip-hop or completely befuddled by this currently evolving culture, DEFinition will enrich your perspective. --Susan Smith-Durisek, gardening.bloginky.com, November 16, 2008
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