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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (5 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061854972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061854972
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 25.4 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sweeping in its scope, The Legends of Hip Hop is an intimate look at the visionaries, the movers and the shakers, and the pioneers who have helped shape the world of hip hop.

Groundbreaking artist Justin Bua profiles and paints fifty key figures, including everyone from Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash to President Obama and Jay-Z, providing a portrait of each legend in a style reminiscent of the great masters. The artwork is accompanied by an engaging autobiographical narrative that contextualizes the impact each icon has had on Bua’s personal life and on the hip-hop culture at large. With a foreword by Chuck D, this landmark volume is more than a celebration of hip hop; it is the definitive word on the subject as told by Bua, one of hip hop’s leading artists and a legend in his own right.

About the Author

Justin Bua is a groundbreaking innovator in both the fine and commercial art worlds, his iconic The DJ being one of the most popular and bestselling prints of all time. An internationally acclaimed artist, he exhibits his work around the world. Born and raised in New York City, Bua currently lives in Los Angeles.

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By Hay Zoos on 25 Jan 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This Bua guy is nuts. I really loved his work after going through this book. It's really well-structured and presents the greatest hip hop artists someone needs to know. Well done
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Iconic 11 Mar 2012
By Ivan Rott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Immortalizing hip hop icons on canvas and paper, Justin Bua is an innovator himself, specializing in urban/fine art. He's designed everything from album covers to skateboards, capturing and reinterpreting the essence of hip hop culture. The Legends of Hip Hop, Bua's latest book release - a follow-up to 2009's The Beat of Urban Art: The Art of Justin Bua - is a masterful collection of his hip hop portraits and prints. It might just be THE definitive hip hop coffee table. From cover to cover, The Legends of Hip Hop is a highly-saturated collection of the best hip hop has to offer. Justin Bua presents an assortment of paintings and drawings of fifty individuals, artists and groups. Beginning with Muhammad Ali, James Brown and Michael Jackson, Bua works his way up to legends like Melle Mel, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Public Enemy, Guru, Nas, Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and Eminem, finally capping things off with President Barack Obama, arguably a product of the multicultural progression of hip hop influence. The inclusion of both paintings and drawings offers a very nice balance of fine art and sketches, not to mention the well-written mini-essays and quotations on each individual's influence(s) on culture and Bua himself. The Legends of Hip Hop is a blast from the past, often times teaching the reader a thing or two about the history of hip hop: Lesser known contributors to the culture like Futura 2000, Mr. Wiggles and Crazy Legs are included in the narrative, given equal exposure as more prominently recognized greats like Slick Rick, KRS-One and Dr. Dre, amongst many others.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Genius! Insanely great! 12 Dec 2011
By Turk829 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been a designer and a design educator for over 30 years and Justin BUA's work left me breathless the first time I saw it and it continues to so every time I look at it. Insanely great!
the Pics were awesome 8 Mar 2013
By Nelsito - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Got this for my kuzz on Christmas. Loves this artist. On the real the Drawings were mad nice.. enjoyed them..
Legends of Hip Hop 16 Feb 2013
By Snax McLovin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book arrived on time and is very thick with great pictures enjoyed by all. The rendering of Tupac on the front is amazing.
I get this everytime 12 Jan 2013
By Raymarco Centinaje - Published on Amazon.com
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I want this book and every year for the holidays i buy it for a gift exchange and everyone who picks this gift always ends up keeping it.
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