“As a native of Washington, D.C., it’s amazing to see the evolution of hip-hop from this vantage point. A decade ago, the notion that a slew of DMV artists would all take positions as front-runners of the culture wasn’t much more than wishful thinking. While there have been glimpses in the distant past (from local legends like Section 8 Mob and Tabi Bonney to big-label signees like Black Indian and Nonchalant), no one — except for Maybach Music emcee and current crown wearer Wale — managed to break through the proverbial ceiling. Go-go music, the percussion-driven wild child of funk and soul, was king in this congested, isolated-from-the-rest metropolis.“ – http://respect-mag.com/chazcover.html

“Back in 2010, I was fortunate to get my hands on a book by journalist Dan Charnas titled The Big Payback, a book that chronicled the Hip-Hop culture from a behind the scenes perspective. That book taught me more about the earlier years of Hip-Hop and Rap music in a way that allowed me…to connect the dots between the past and the present. Our predecessors…paved the way to create this thing, Hip-Hop, that we live and die by everyday. I preface with this because we now have another piece of literature armament that gives us more of that very narrative: Vikki Tobak’s Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, another recounting of iconic moments in the culture’s 40-year history.” – https://cover.respect-mag.com/greatest-day-contact-high/