Music

Something Wicker This Way Comes

Mainstream hip-hop is more enamored with rump-shaking beats than fist-pumping politics, but that hasn't stopped rappers from co-opting the famous wicker-chair image of Black Panther cofounder Huey P. Newton. Follow along as a portrait of a threatening '60s radical progresses into album art for friendly funk freaks Funkadelic in '79 and, last year, Big Boi and Missy Elliott.

Originally posted Jan 09, 2004 Published in issue #745 Jan 09, 2004 Order article reprints