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Keith Haring Was Here

Artist Keith Haring took the New York City subway system by storm in the 1980s, with his drawings appearing on the walls of hundreds of stations. His art is known for expressing concepts of death, sexuality, and war. Charles Osgood takes a look at how Haring managed to get his works up, in this profile first broadcast on the “CBS Evening News” on October 20, 1982.
Credit – CBS EVENING NEWS 

Run DMC Spotlight

 We talk with Darryl McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. about how the hip-hop group’s relationship with style progressed and developed in the 80’s and early 90’s, looking in particular at their world famous relationship with Adidas.

Latin Quarter

Credit: Scene from – Evolution of Hip Hop – this clip is from the Netflix series Season 2 Episode 4 The Knowledge 

De La Soul Native Tongues

We got a lot of golden footage while shooting our De La Soul Is Not Dead documentary. Unfortunately, not all of it made it to the final cut. But fortunately, we’re able to share some of it with you today. A big part of the hip hop scene in the early ’90s was the collective known as the Native Tongues. In this short clip that was additional footage from our De La Soul doc, Prince Paul and others give some background history on the organic birth of the collective. It was founded on a mutual love for each other’s music and then a tour that solidified those friendships. Watch the full video above.

Monie Love Ladies First

In this clip from next week’s “People’s Party with Talib Kweli,” Kweli and co-host Jasmin Leigh chat with rapper, actress, and radio personality Monie Love on making the feminist anthem ‘Ladies First’ with Queen Latifah.
Credit – People’s Party with Talib Kweli – UPROXX Video celebrates Hip-Hop, Style, and Creativity through a mix of original shows and music videos.

Cey Adams

An interview with legendary designer Cey Adams. Produced by Maya Contreras, Maggie Beniot, & Sam Peterson. Camera and Sound by Joseph Amodei and Michael Marabella Interview by Natalie Guevara. 


 About Cey Adams (from Bestiemania(dot)com) “Always a gentleman and gracious to fans of the Beastie Boys, Cey Adams is perhaps best known for the work he did create the famous “old school” style lettering that spelled out Beastie Boys on the album cover of the 1983 release Cooky Puss.  Cey has had an enduring presence on Beastie Boys merchandise for the last 20+ years. For those that own 1987 Licensed to Ill Tour Book, you can page through it see that Cey was present on the Licensed to Ill world tour (1986-1987) and helped to compile the images which comprise the book. Once that endless tour finally concluded, and the Beastie Boys decided to take some time apart, Cey was one of the few people from the Def Jam days that the Beastie Boys stayed in contact with. Even following the aftermath of Paul’s Boutique’s commercial disappointment (1989-90), Cey remained close to the band members.  “I would fly out to Los Angeles often, splitting my time between their homes. I would stay with Yauch who lived in a real log cabin, real wood I tell you. I would dive off the roof of Adam’s [Horovitz] house doing cannonballs in the pool or ride Mike’s cool vintage bike collection.” By profession, Cey is a graphic designer whose roots came from New York graffiti. Wall pieces that he created are still viewable in New York City. After his graffiti days, he went on to work at a Def Jam company called the Drawing Board. When asked to clarify exactly how the Drawing Board fit into the Def Jam empire Cey Adams said:  “The Drawing Board Graphic Design (1986-1999) was a design firm formed by myself and partner Steve Carr. We handled most of the creative needs for many top record labels. Some of the artists I have worked with include Mary J. Blige, Run DMC, Public Enemy, De La Soul, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, LL Cool J, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle. The company began as a way for Def Jam to have more control over the visual image of its artists. In addition to Def Jam, we also designed everything for P Diddy’s Bad Boy label.” More of Cey’s creations can be seen on his website.”

KRS 1 Founding of BDP