The roots of rap : 16 bars on the 4 pillars of hip-hop
by Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- (Author)
Presents the history of hip-hop including how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and breakdancing that formed around the art form.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Frank Morrison was born in Massachusetts and moved to New Jersey at an early age. He grew up during the early days of rap music, graffiti, and break dancing. A well-known graffiti artist and also an accomplished break-dancer, he was actually part of the Sugar Hill Gang's dance entourage. It was during one of the group's European tours that he got a chance to visit the Louvre in Paris and was so intrigued by all the magnificent art that he decided to return to his roots and become an artist. His talent and hard work paid off with over 20 illustrated children's books, including the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award winner, Jazzy Miz Mozetta ; Coretta Scott King winner RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul ; and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone.