Something Cool: Photographer, Janette Beckman

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‘Something Cool’ is a weekly column that focuses on creative content and cool people around the web within the art and entertainment field. 

IN THE BEGINNING….

Capturing hip-hop from its beginning phases was probably an experience like no other. Whether it was witnessed through a purchased album, a radio interview or analog photography, it’s a one time account that is unique to each person who encountered it. Janette Beckman was a witness to those beginning times and her story is told through her photography lens, having captured the movement from 1982 until 1990. Janette’s subject matter include artists such as Run DMC, LL Cool J, N.W.A. and A Tribe Called Quest. Revisit the beginning of a legacy through Janette Beckman’s lens and enjoy more from her portfolio.

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How Dope Was LL Cool J’s ‘Radio’ ?

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I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT MY RADIO

The other night, a friend called and asked who were the pioneers of hip-hop. I rattled off a few names including Kurtis BlowRun DMC and N.W.A, who were the pioneers of Gangster Rap. It’s ironic that this question came right at the time I’d just finished listening to LL Cool J‘s debut studio album, RadioI was introduced to LL Cool J’s “Jingling Baby” and “Mama Said Knock You Out” so having missed the time period of Radio, was the the purpose for backtracking. I also credit a hip-hop discussion thread for bringing attention to the topic. Continue reading