Japan: Kaz Kuzui and Shun Hisamatsu, 1983. 12mo (5 ½ x 6 ¾ in.) in staple bound wraps. 62pp. Cover has come loose due to a tear in the paper along the spine, one staple is undone and the other has precipitated a small tear and is loose. It is also missing the obi on the outside of the plastic slipcase. Nevertheless, besides these issues publication is still in good condition. Item #ANT198
This is a very rare art book and cassette tape made in Japan in conjunction with the release of the classic hip hop film Wild Style directed by Charlie Ahearn. Designed by Shun Hisamatsu and Kaz Kuzui, the book and cassette are housed in a plastic slipcase and contains full color collages, photographs, and newspaper clippings of performers and graffiti artists who appear in the film Wild Style. The included cassette tape is titled “Wild Style Hip Hop Rap Music in New York” and is meant to look like a mix tape. The tape contains selections from the Wild Style soundtrack.
Wild Style is often referred to as the first hip hop movie. Released in 1982, it is a hybrid of a documentary and narrative musical, featuring seminal figures of the time such as Fab Five Freddy, Lady Pink, The Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster Flash, Lee Quinones, and others. This Japanese book and cassette demonstrate the far reaching impact of hip hop culture in the South Bronx in the early 1980s, and varying formats with which it was documented.