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JONAS KARLSSON (ACTIVE, VANITY FAIR, 2000s-2010s)
DJ KOOL HERC, THE ORIGINAL B-BOY, FOR VANITY FAIR, APRIL 21, 2005
Fujicolor Crystal Archive print
stamped photographer’s copyright credit in ink with affixed Vanity Fair reproduction limitation label (verso)
image: 13 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (34.2 x 46.9 cm.)
sheet: 15 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (39.6 x 49.8 cm.)
Literature
Graydon Carter, ‘The Kings and Queens of Hip-Hop’, Vanity Fair, New York, November 2005, p. 328 and 329.
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Taken for the iconic Vanity Fair editorial The Kings and Queens of Hip-Hop: The Music Portfolio 2005, DJ Kool Herc stands leaning on a red Cadillac Eldorado with one hand in his pocket wearing a vibrant blue jacket repping the name of the street from where it all began. Herc was instrumental in establishing what became the basis for hip-hop music, isolating the “breaks" or drum beats and playing them repeatedly on multiple turntables. His contributions to the culture rightfully positions him within this editorial amongst the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West and Russel Simmons. Posed proudly here with his “Herculord speakers,” the direct gazes of his two children Dejá and Javon attest to their father’s undeniable legacy.

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