Boomkat Product Review:
‘Yo! The Early Days of Hip Hop 1982-84’, published by Soul Jazz Books/Records, features photographs documenting the rise of hip hop in the early 1980s, taken by French photographer Sophie Bramly.
"In 1982, aged 22, Sophie Bramly moved from France to New York at and became firmly embedded in the emergent scene, taking pictures of everyone from graffiti artists and breakdancers to rappers. The book features many stunning, intimate images of a star-studded roll call of legendary hip hop figures, all of whom were only just getting known or in their ascendency, including Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmixer DST, Jazzy Jay, Red Alert, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Lisa Lee, the Fat Boys, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys and many more, alongside legendary graffiti artists such as Keith Haring, Dondi, Futura, Phase One, Zephyr and Lady Pink, and breakdancers including members of Magnificent Force, Dynamic Breakers and the Rock Steady Crew. Includes an introduction by Bill Adler and additional text by Fab Freddy, Grand Mixer D. St, Rahiem of The Furious Five, Arthur Baker, Zephyr, Muhamad of The Magnificent Force, Lady Pink, Mister Freeze of The Rock Steady Crew, Patti Astor and Slick Rick. Sophie Bramly returned to France in 1984, bringing a number of US hip hop artists to Europe, moving to London in 1987 to host and produce MTV’s first ever hip hop show, Yo! MTV Raps. She currently lives in Paris and her work is featured extensively at Hip-Hop 360, a six-month long exhibition showing at the prestigious Philarmonie de Paris, France (December 2021 - August 2022)."