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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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Artwork for ‘Power’


The outspoken Kanye West took a hiatus after the Taylor Swift debacle. Now the Muhammad Ali of rap is back with his new single “Power.” The cover art for “Power”  reflects Kanye’s frankness. Artist George Condo, who Ye featured on his website, painted the cover art. Like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ye continues to fuse art with urban music.

Graf art

Danny Devine spray paints a mural in 2008. Photo by Leon Laing.

On August 9, 2008, specialty car company WRTeam shut down Harrisburg’s State Capitol and threw a memorable car competition/festival called WRevolution. Aside from whips, WRevolution offered breakdancing, a performance from D.C.-based rapper Tabi Bonney and live graffiti from Danny Devine of Pittsburgh.