“The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop” written by Carter G. Woodson Book Award, NAACP Image Award, and Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People award recipient Carole Boston Weatherford is currently the theme in Auburn Avenue Research Library’s Children’s Gallery.
Published in January 2019, “Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop” features a forward written by Swizz Beatz.
Frank Morrison illustrated “Roots of Rap”. Morrison began his journey as a graffiti artist in New Jersey. According to his website, Morrison used his paintings to produce memoirs “of our life and times today.” “My work dignifies the evolution of everyday, underrepresented people and places within the urban landscape. I seek to both highlight and preserve the soul of the city through the lens of hip-hop culture and urban iconography.”
Morrison’s work has been shown at Art Basel, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and is part of private art collections owned by athlete Derek Jeter, Jordan Peele, and the late Peggy Cooper-Cafritz just to name a few.
Auburn Avenue Research Library visitors can see Morrison’s work on view in the Library’s Children’s Gallery now through March 1, 2020. $Free.