new york city rap


“The East Village …was just exploding. All kinds of new things were starting. In music, it was the punk and new wave scenes. There was a migration of artists from all over America to New York. It was completely wild. And we controlled it ourselves.” - Keith Haring 

(Rolling Stone Magazine, 1989)


Tina Weymouth and Grandmaster Flash photographed by Laura Levine, 1981.

“This was shot for the cover of the NY Rocker. It was right about the time when hip hop and downtown music scenes were starting to discover each other, and there was a wonderful cross-polliation going on (Liquid Liquid’s White Lines, Blondie’s Rapture, and in this case, the Tom Tom Club’s Wordy Rappinghood). Flash and Tina got along great, they had never met before. Boom boxes were the prop de rigeur back then.” - Laura Levine