After picking up a camera at the age of 15, Jamel Shabazz has been unknowingly become the first “visual documentarian” of hip hop. For over 30 years he’s captured the world around him. Every frameÂ of that world is a time portalÂ thatÂ sparks emotion stemming from the scenes they represent. And if there is ever a glimpse into the foundations of street wear and its surrounding culture, it can be found in the pages of his first book.
“Back In The Days” is real deal documentation as it pertains to the origins of hip hop, not to mention hip hop fashion. No 2oK a day models. No makeup artists. No food trucks. The models in the book don’t need runways because they lived the life of style. Jamel Shabazz was there to capture it all.
10 years later the certified classic is getting the remix treatment. A new black and gold hardcover design and exclusive photos are sure to shut down all imitators. Introduction by Fab 5 Freddy. Essay by Carlton Usher, Ph.D. Plus an exclusive interview with Jamel Shabazz by Jeff Chang.
Release date:Â May 17, 2011
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Original Back in the Day cover