This Is How NYC’s Early Days Of Hip-Hop Looked Like

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This Is How NYC’s Early Days Of Hip-Hop Looked Like

This Is How NYC's Early Days Of Hip-Hop Looked Like
This Is How NYC’s Early Days Of Hip-Hop Looked Like

This is how New York City‘s early days of hip-hop culture looked like. It’s a walk back in time to a period without Internet, without Facebook, without smartphones, a period where people spent much more time outside interacting with each other. Those were the golden days of hip-hop in New York City.

Jamel Shabazz was born in Brooklyn in the 1960’s and as a professional street photographer, he made a sound goal to document the African American community from his native neighborhood.

Jamel manages to capture the pure essence of what made New York’s boroughs tick, back in the day when graffiti and hip-hop were just making their first baby steps. His photographs are a living testimony of how life used to look like back then, in the mid 70’s and all the way up to the early 80’s.

This Is How NYC's Early Days Of Hip-Hop Looked Like
This Is How NYC’s Early Days Of Hip-Hop Looked Like

He started taking his first photographs at the age of 15 and documented his generation civil rights struggle with an insight view. A lot of event were happening during the 70’s; war, politics and social injustice were all a big part of what lead to the creation of the hip-hop culture.

This Is How NYC's Early Days Of Hip-Hop Looked Like
This Is How NYC’s Early Days Of Hip-Hop Culture Looked Like
New York in its golden era
New York in its golden era
New York's subway scene
New York’s underground subway scene

All these elements had a big impact on the day to day life of people living in New York and this can be easily noticed by looking at the ever changing fashion trends, tastes in music and even in the way people communicated with each other.

NYC was always live and vivid
NYC was always live and vivid
Brooklyn is one of the backbones of African American culture
Brooklyn is one of the backbones of African American culture
African American culture
African American culture
Early 80's Brooklyn
Early 80’s Brooklyn
The ever changing fashion of the early 80's
The ever changing fashion of the early 80’s
Music was always a big thing in New York's underground scene
Music was always a big thing in New York’s underground scene

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