In 2008, we were challenged by a parent who wanted us to train her daughter, but didn't want her exposed to hip hop music. As artists, we would neither discredit a canon of music nor our Gen X roots in the art form. We respectfully declined her request and simultaneously set out to make the point that the message in the music was lost during the media wars on hip hop that tried to overpower the voice of the culture. This exchange inspired a story told through the words and rhymes of three decades of hip hop music intended to honor the art and the people who lived it.
Photos by Bonnie Stanley