Legends of Hip Hop

The Legends of Hip Hop is a book of portraits by well-known painter Justin Bua. The idea behind his book is historically painters have always painted the most influential people of that time(kings, queens, popes); this is his version of the important people of the 21st century.

{This has never been done before. This is a comprehensive, visual, articulate representation of the legends of this culture that's never been done before. So I'm painting everybody from James Brown, Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali all the way up to Kool Herc, Melle Mel, Afrika Bambaataa; all the way to the 1990's with Wu-Tang Clan and A Tribe Called Quest and all of these people who have been so influential. I go all the way up to Jay-Z and President Barack Obama. It's the first time it's ever been done and the most comprehensive, in a visual way, of understanding the lineage of hip-hop.} ~

Mr. Wiggles

{"Look, Obama is our first hip-hop president," Bua told SOHH. "He was elected by the hip-hop generation and even though white America might not have noticed, [during the campaign], Obama was there brushing his shoulders off, referencing Jay-Z's ['Dirt Off Your Shoulders'] song. He was doing a lot of things that may have gone over the heads of middle America but he was clearly influenced by the culture. He clearly understands the culture. Even though he's said, 'Oh, I love jazz,' we really know Obama knows the culture because he's from the culture. From Chicago to Hawaii, hip-hop is pervasive. On top of that, we're the ones that voted for him. Whether Obama was hip-hop or not, the hip-hop generation came out. Whether it was Diddy, Kanye West or Jay-Z, we came out and supported him. He was not only America's first black president but he was America's first hip-hop president."} ~SOHH.COM

{ Another reason is to listen to my stories. I'm born and raised in New York City, I've watched the birth of hip-hop unfold and consequently I've painted the birth of hip-hop. I am really a documentarian of the hip-hop culture in a lot of ways. The hip-hop culture really birthed my style and my voice. My voice is really not my voice but the voice of everyone in this generation. So my voice doesn't belong to me, it belongs to the people. I don't paint to live, I live to paint and I live to paint for the people.} SOHH.COM
Pictures collected from http://www.scpr.org/


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