Rocking urban and suburban America appeals to black and white youth, the rich and poor - hip hop is chill. This authoritative generously illustrated book, is a joyous celebration of this subcuIture: its music (rapping and scratching), which is influencing performers as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Hall & Oates, and Chaka Khan. And its fashion (gear and kicks), which has inspired some of the latest collections by major designers from Norma Kamali to Stephen Sprouse. And its graffiti, whose flash is the talk of the contemporary art scene. And its dance (electric boogie and breaking) is the biggest craze of its kind since the twist. Here are the ideas and people behind it all AND the musicians to listen to (Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force,
Run-DMC, Grandmaster Flash) ... the look, the clothes, the accessories to wear, the masters to know (Phase 2, Revolt, Futura 2000), the "pieces" to appreciate; and the moves to make if you want to be fresh.... if you want to throwdown and rock the house.