In the mid-1980s, DJ duo the Awesome 2, along with hip-hop impresario Paradise Gray, helped transform Manhattan salsa club the Latin Quarter into an iconic hip-hop institution. Legends were born in that bustling Times Square club — from Stetsasonic, KRS-One, and Eric B. & Rakim to Queen Latifah, Public Enemy, and A Tribe Called Quest. Unsigned artists could drop a hot set and score a record deal — or get booed off stage like Amateur Night at the Apollo. You could walk into the club a nobody and come out a star. A musical incubator of hip-hop’s Golden Era, the Latin Quarter was also pivotal in the creation of the the Stop the Violence Movement.

KRS-One, MC Shan, and DJ Scott La Rock

No Half Steppin’ by Claude Gray and Giuseppe Pipitone documents the history of New York City Club the Latin Quarter and the birth of hip-hop’s Golden Era. The book contains 212 pages with over 175 color photographs and flyers from the greatest period in hip-hop history. Oral history by participants Special K and Teddy Tedd, KRS-One, MC Shan, Eric B., Daddy-O, Fab 5 Freddy, Just-Ice, Positive K, DJ Clark Kent, Kid, Dana Dane, TR Love, MC Serch, Chuck D, Grand Puba, Sadat X, Pete Nice, Prince Paul, Kurtis Blow, Mike Gee, Daddy-O, Wise, Ced Gee, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Kool G Rap, and many many more. Order your copy HERE.

Leave a Reply

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.