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Vintage Photos: Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige & More

Snoop on the set of his first video, "What's My Name," directed by Fab 5 Freddy, Long Beach, California, 1993

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Snoop on the set of his first video, “What’s My Name,” directed by Fab 5 Freddy, Long Beach, Calif., 1993

 

From Biggie to Queen Latifah, Nas to Mary J. Blige, Fab 5 Freddy to Snoop Dogg, Lisa Leone photographed them all — and usually, before they blew up.

Leone is a Bronx-born photographer who had the fortune to grow up in a very hip-hop driven New York City in the 1980s. Her attendance at the New York High School for Art & Design— or, as she called it, The High School of Graffiti and Breakdancing— would land her the opportunity to make friends in the land of b-boys, rappers, and graffiti artists.

“When you’re in something, you’re kinda like, yeah this is cool… I feel really lucky that I was able to be there and grow up in that period of New York City.”

After coming across her hip-hop archives, she has now put together a book called Here I Am – Photographs By Lisa Leone and an exhibit at the Bronx Museum of the Arts that runs from September 13, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

Check out these stunning photographs of an iconic time. For more photos, including text contributions by Nas, Rosie Perez, Fab 5 Freddy, Debi Mazar, Mare 139, Fabel, and more, pre-order your copy of the book before July  31st. At least 500 copies must be  pre-sold by July 3t in order to be published. All pre-sales recepients will have their name printed in the book. [Buy at Minor Matters Books]

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