Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2

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• 2015 Eisner Award Winner: Best Reality-Based Work

“This is the comic of all time.” – Biz Markie

The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium — the comic book?

From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel
Wizzywig, comes Volume 2 of this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture.

Volume 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. The performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. This volume covers hits like Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock,” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message,” and the movie
Wild Style, and introduces superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy. Cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block(?!)! Featuring an introduction by Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn.

Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries
Style Wars and Scratch, Hip Hop Family Tree is an exciting and essential cultural chronicle and a must for hip hop fans, pop-culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how it went down back in the day.

Praise for Volume 1:

“Being in an Ed Piskor comic is cool enough to freeze hot water.” – Fab Five Freddy

“Ed Piskor is the sh#t!!” – De La Soul

“It’s a great story and Piskor tells it immaculately well.” – Bill Adler (co-author,
Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label)

“This is the comic I’ve been waiting 40 years to read.” – Harry Allen (Public Enemy Media Assassin)

“They say the story of Jesus is the greatest ever told, but JC didn’t steal a DJ mixer during the New York Blackout of ’77 or bomb a subway car with Fab 5 Freddy. With his
Hip Hop Family Tree, comics artist Ed Piskor delves into the history of hip-hop and gets straight-up biblical, penning a ‘who-begat-whom’ with a b-boy twist.” – Jonathan Zwickel, MTV.com

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“… Man, did I like this comic … Piskor seems to know intuitively how to relate the best, most revealing and juiciest anecdotes without bogging the reader down in minutiae. I’ve enjoyed Piskor’s work in the past … but he’s never seemed quite as confident a storyteller as he does here.” – Chris Mautner

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“The ability of comics to transport you to a time and place in a manner that prose works just cannot match is demonstrated here as Ed perfectly captures the nature of street life and the crazy characters at that time.”

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“The strip’s visual tone bears a borderline underground aesthetic that perfectly suits the material—brown-edged paper and antique flat color—with a semi-cartoony feel, reminiscent of the graffiti that helped define the graphic aspect of the movement. It’s a massive undertaking, but Piskor succeeds mightily in chronicling hip-hop’s formative years with riveting detail.”