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This is the story of Ronald "Riskie" Brent, a man who rose from the fabled streets of Compton to the hallowed halls of Death Row Records, the most celebrated rap music label of its time. Riskie Forever - From the Streets to the Industry - My Life and Art on Death Row Records reveals Riskie's struggle to develop as an artist and his ultimate triumph as the painter behind some of Hip Hop's most iconic images.
This book is a time capsule of one of the most important eras in American popular music. Within its pages are the stories behind the artwork of 2Pac's "All Eyez On Me" and "The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory", Snoop Dogg's "Tha Doggfather", Nate Dogg's "G Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2", and many more albums blessed by Riskie's artistry over the past two decades. Those pages are covered with Riskie's sketches, drawings, paintings, and photographs, many of which have never before been seen by the general public.
Riskie Forever, available in full-color large format hardcover and softcover editions, is itself a work of art. Riskie worked for months writing the text while co-author Michael Namikas edited the book. Riskie also designed the book's cover, compiled his life's work, and arranged the best of his designs throughout. It is not just Riskie's story either. Leila Steinberg, who discovered 2Pac, provides a thoughtful introduction and many people whose lives Riskie has touched, including members of the Outlawz, wrote tributes to Riskie for the book.
Over The Edge Books' publication of Riskie Forever is the culmination of a long journey - one any fan of Hip Hop music and art will want to join Riskie on.
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Ronald "Riskie Forever" Brent is an artist, visionary, and icon who is responsible for the most recognizable art in Hip Hop history and its culture. An artist from his very youngest days, Riskie created the most infamous and notable album covers from the Death Row Records era. When you see the album cover art for 2Pac's All Eyez On Me, Makaveli, Nate Dogg's G-Funk Classics Volume 1 & 2, Snoop Dogg's Tha Doggfather, and other Death Row Records classics, you are looking at the portfolio of a man raised in Compton, California. Whether it's album covers, graphic art, paintings, or his heartfelt poems, Ronald "Riskie Forever" Brent will continue to stimulate your mind through his unique talent.
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