Immortalising the legends of hip-hop at Proud Camden

Story by Jack Foley

SOME of the most striking photographs of musicians from the hip-hop genre are currently on show at Proud Camden gallery in London, as part of the Hip-Hop Immortals collection, showing until March 1.

The world's leading photographers have helped contribute to the exhibition, which features the likes of the Beastie Boys and Eminem in playful, even surreal poses, or Snoop Dogg in unforgiving pose and a futuristic Missy Elliot.

In total, 100 of the most influential artists in hip-hop history have been chosen for the display, including Lil Kim, Snoops, Biggie, Ice T and Jay Z. Photographers include David LaChapelle (whose image of Lil Kim is pictured, left), Jenny Baptiste, Piotr Sikora and Sante D'orazio.

The exhibition aims to chart the stars of the musical genre as they emerged from the inner cities of America during the Seventies, through to being at the forefront of global popular music today.

The images have been chosen for the way in which they exude an energy of their own, capturing the hip-hop phenomenon and the violence, aggression and humour which surrounds it.

Likewise, the pictures attempt to mix the millionaire lifestyle that the industry can afford, with the gritty realities of life on the streets from which hip-hop was born.

A book accompanies the exhibition, written by Bonz Malone, who CV includes writing for hip-hop bible, The Source and co-writing and starring in films, such as Slam.

Many of the images on show are signed by both photographer and musician and are available to buy, often at a hefty £100.

For fans of hip-hop, however, this remains an essential stop amid London's exhibitions scene...

Hip-Hop Immortals, Proud Galleries, Camden, NW1. Tel: 020 7482 3867. Opening hours: Opening times are Mon-Thu: 10am - 7pm, Fri-Sun: 11am - 6pm. Tickets: £3 (£2 concs).
Nearest Tube: Camden Town.

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