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Photos: The Authentic Poses of NYC Hip Hop Culture in the 1980s

You can’t storyboard for authenticity. That’s the problem when Hollywood productions excavate subcultures for mainstream entertainment. As we’ve seen recently, it’s not enough to take a rose-tinted stroll down another era’s mean streets—really, you just had to be there.

And Brooklyn native Jamel Shabazz was, growing up in New York at the dawn of hip hop. It was a time when homegrown fashion and music—and swagger—were just beginning to coalesce into the international movement we know today. From the mid-1970s, Shabazz roamed the streets of his city snapping portraits, his eye drawn to youth posturing and camaraderie, neighborhood style with an unmistakable Big Apple attitude. Composed snapshots show women and men presenting themselves in ways they wanted to be seen—their image self-determined, not imposed by the agenda of a visiting journalist. Looking back now, it’s easy to see Shabazz’s pictures in the context of what came next; crack cocaine and AIDS would soon wreak havoc in these streets. But his photographs also portend the resilience and strength that would keep these communities alive through the hard times to come.

Hip hop honors legacy and storytelling. Street legends and personal mythologies are its stock and trade, but the true tales of working class people are its core. Rappers are respected for their credibility. The same goes for photographers, where an authentic voice is key to powerful social commentary. It’s something that television producers of recent historical fiction would do well to consider: Looking isn’t ever enough — you have to be able to see.

All images from Back in the Days and A Time Before Crack by Jamel Shabazz, published by powerHouse Books.

Head over to Timeline’s web site to check out all the photos.

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Mach Hommy teams up with producer Knxwledge for their joint track entitled Fresh Off The Boat. Stream the song below.

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The other day, B.o.B dropped a new mixtape by the name of Art Imitates Reality which consists of 11 new tracks. Stream and download the A.I.R. mixtape via DatPiff below.

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Haven’t heard this in a while, I used to play the sh*t out of it. Headboppin’ South Bronx dopeness from the mighty KRS-One, off his superb and stupendously dope solo debut Return Of The Boom Bap from ’93. The track also features vocals and production by Kid Capri.

Golden.

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Grafh released new visuals to his track Slow Down taken from Pain Killers Reloaded. Peep the music video above.

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G-Unit - The Lost Flash Drive (Mixtape)

G-Unit’s Lost Flash Drive has been found! DJ Whoo Kid & Tony Yayo unearth a slew of new unreleased records from The Unit. Also featured is a bonus track featuring Phresher featuring 50 Cent “Wait A Minute.” Download or Stream “The Lost Flash Drive” NOW exclusively on DatPiff!

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DJ Premier--(Timmy Turner Remix)

DJ Preemo:

WHEN DESiiGNER DID THE VIDEO PROMO OF “TIMMY TURNER” I LIKED THE ACAPELLA HOW HE DID IT AND SO I PLAYED AROUND WITH IT ON SOME DOWNTIME IN THE LAB… THEN THE SOUTH PARK IDEA CAME TO MIND JUST BECAUSE OF THE SONG TITLE… I DIDN’T ALERT ANYONE, I JUST DID IT JUST TO DO IT. HERE’S WHAT PLAYIN AROUND ENDED UP SOUNDING LIKE.

Stream Preemo’s remix of Desiigner’s follow-up to his hit single Panda below.

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Twelvyy:

THIS A TRACK FROM 2012 PRODUCED BY THE ALCHEMIST SHOUT OUT TO MY BROTHER D A DOLLA AND THE BIG HOMIE AZ QUIET MONEY!!!!! LEGENDARY!!!! LONG LIVE YAMBO THANK YOU FOR YOUR GUIDANCE AND GAME FOREVER 2127301090 ON THE WAY 2127301090.COM ARTWORK BY DEADMON

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Global singing sensation, The Weeknd (b. Abel Tesfaye), has cemented himself a spot in the Guinness World Records 2017 Edition, setting two new
titles following the debut of his second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness.

Released on August 28, 2015, the breakthrough album was the most streamed album on Spotify in one year, current (unique listeners). Between December 1, 2014 and December 1, 2015, Beauty Behind the Madness amassed an incredible 60 million listeners on the streaming service.

Via guinnesswordrecords

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The second official single from Apollo Brown & Skyzoo, A Couple Dollars, brings in special guest and Slaughterhouse member Joell Ortiz.

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