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Hip-hop in pictures -- We compare ''Born in the Bronx'' and ''The Breaks''

Hip-hop in pictures

BORN IN THE BRONX VS. THE BREAKS

THE SCENE
>BornBorn in the Bronx takes it back to 1977, when NYC shutterbug Joe Conzo began snapping urgent, candid pictures of local shows, where a revolutionary new sound could be heard.
Breaks — Janette Beckman, a professional photographer from Britain, crisscrossed the United States between 1982 and 1990 to shoot the posed portraits that appear in The Breaks.

THE SKILLS
Born — Glimpses of seminal party-starters such as the Cold Crush Brothers and Afrika Bambaataa are complemented by vintage fliers promoting their gigs.
> Breaks — Images of rap's first generation of international icons range from a grinning Slick Rick to mean-mugging tough guys like Ice Cube and Eazy-E.

THE STYLES
Born — An awful lot of people rock some combination of tight jeans, dome-shaped hats, and/or oversize glasses — a popular look that may as well have been a uniform.
> Breaks — It's an explosion of expressive fashion. A youthful Busta Rhymes strikes a pose in a sea green tracksuit! Public Enemy get militant in black berets and shades!

Originally posted Nov 09, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints