Archive for November, 2018

Feel the high … Contact High, that is

From left to right, Claiborne, Beckman, Combs and Tobak. Photo by Leon Laing.

Vikki Tobak’s book, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, takes us behind the scenes of iconic images. Like a family photo album of prints, the book intimately chronicles our history while paying homage to the lost art of film photography. Before the advent of digital photography, photographers used contact sheets to select the best images from film. Continue reading ‘Feel the high … Contact High, that is’

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Business as usual

PMD. Photo by Leon Laing.

Despite the no-show from Havoc of Mobb Deep, the PMD concert went off without a hitch. PMD represents one half of the hip-hop supergroup EPMD. Club XL, Harrisburg, held the show on Oct. 19. Continue reading ‘Business as usual’

Stay woke

Dave East. Photo by Leon Laing.

What better way to encourage the youth to vote than through music? On the heels of the midterm elections, Clea Productions held Young Gets It Done at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. The voting rally included appearances by LGP Qua, Ari Lennox, Bri Stevens, Nephew, G Herbo, Scottie Beam, Gia Peppers, Wallo267, DJ Flow and DJ Aktive. I chopped it up with some of these celebrities backstage at the event on Oct. 27. Continue reading ‘Stay woke’


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