In Ya Grill: the faces of hip hop
Photography by Michael Benabib text by Bill Adler
Witness hip-hop history with never-before-seen photos from Tupac to today!
Imagine hanging with the stars of hip-hop—in 1987, when hip-hop was on the verge of changing the world. Since those early days and right up to the present, photographer Michael Benabib has always been on the list, and his intimate pictures reveal how hip-hop started as a grassroots musical movement and evolved into the most influential image machine in the world. Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Luther Campbell, Trina, Public Enemy, LL Cool. J, Eric B and Rakim, EPMD, KRS-One, Salt ‘N Pepa, Sean Combs, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Das EFX, Grandmaster Flash, and many others are here—performing, recording, relaxing and playing at clubs, parties, and on the streets. Captions by distinguished writer Bill Adler tell the story in words, exploring hip-hop’s dynamic melding of fashion, consumerism, and excess. With its never-before-seen photos and insightful text, In Ya Grill depicts and defines the music that has changed the American cultural landscape forever.
• Michael Benabib is a hip-hop insider, with unique access to the biggest names in music
• More than 250 intimate, revealing photos— over 80% previously unpublished—
of the biggest names in hip-hop—Mary J. Blige, Sean Combs, and dozens more
• A stunning visual history of a movement that has changed American popular culture
About the Author
Michael Benabib shoots for The Source, the New York Times Magazine, and Newsweek, among many others, plus advertising clients including Heineken, Nissan, and Sprite. His album covers are seen on the Uptown, Def Jam, and Bad Boy labels. His hip-hop photographs were the subject of a retrospective at the Eyejammie Gallery in New York in 2005. He lives in New York.
Bill Adler is the author of Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC and Rap: Portraits and Lyrics of a Generation of Black Rockers. He wrote and produced And You Don’t Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop, a five-part documentary series that aired on VH1. He lives in New York City.