We Want This Beautiful Blueprint That Maps out the Connections of Hip Hop

We’re a pretty satisfied bunch, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t totally covetous at times. Occasionally we see things out there that we just must have. The Cool Things We Want column archives these earthly desires…

(via) We’re digging this elaborate map that intricately and masterfully connects the world of Hip Hop via 700+ MCs, DJs, impresarios, crews/groups, producers, b-boys and b-girls.

The print pays homage to the godfathers of hip-hop (Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets) but takes its starting point as DJ Kool Herc’s Back to School Jam in August 1973 – a block party in the Bronx, New York which is widely regarded as the birthplace of hip-hop. The print weaves it way through many different scenes and record labels including early old-school innovators (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Cold Crush Brothers), golden age heroes (Run–DMC, Beastie Boys, KRS-One, Eric B. & Rakim), the collective Native Tongues (De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, Queen Latifah, Monie Love), politically charged hip-hop (Public Enemy, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Lauryn Hill), legendary East Coast artists (The Notorious B.I.G, Nas), legendary West Coast artists (Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre), gangsta rap (Ice-T, N.W.A, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg), hardcore (Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep), Southern rap (Lil Wayne, T.I., Outkast) underground hip-hop (Company Flow, MF Doom, Aesop Rock), turntablism (Invisibl Scratch Piklz, The X-Ecutioners), trip-hop (Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead), UK grime (Wiley, Skepta and Stormzy) and legendary producers (DJ Premier, J Dilla and Madlib).

The metallic gold screen print from We Are Dorothy is set on Colorplan Cobalt uncoated paper measuring 80cm by 60cm. Get it here for about $60. Zoom in and check out all the connections, noting in appreciation how they are organised in the form of a classic turntable’s circuit diagram.

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