Rappers used to look like this:
You could say it was a more innocent time. More carefree. Or drugs.
Anyway, one thing you can’t deny is that images like the one above instantly transport you to their own self-contained world. Slick Rick’s gilded grin is as much a calling card for the era as any of his music. Janette Beckman‘s new book, The Breaks: Stylin’ and Profilin’ 1982-1992, documents the rise of hip-hop’s glory years with portraits of Grandmaster Flash, Beastie Boys, MC Lyte and many more. If you’re in L.A. on April 10, be sure to stop by Beckman’s book signing, just leave your gold-plated pistol at home, the event is free after all. Check Taschen for full info (scroll down).