The Legends of Hip Hop (Harper Collins Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Book Publishers; November 2011), is a collection of portraits and personal essays by pop iconic artist and author Justin BUA, internationally known for his bestselling collection of fine-art posters. Foreword written by Chuck D of Public Enemy.
In The Legends of Hip-Hop, BUA pays homage to 50 of the greatest names in hip hop history, using portraiture to celebrate each individual’s revolutionary contribution to the global phenomenon known as hip hop. From Afrika Bambaataa, Queen Latifah, and LL Cool J, to Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and Eminem, BUA captures the spirit of both the unsung and iconic heroes who have shaped music, art, dance, fashion, even language and politics. Each portrait is accompanied by a personal essay that details each individual’s impact—not only on cultural history, but also on BUA’s own life and work.
The Legends of Hip Hop is perfect for anyone interested in the origin and evolution of pop culture. Unlike any other book, The Legends of Hip Hop comes not from an investigative academic, but from an authentic source who—as a native New Yorker—witnessed the birth and development of hip hop from a community movement to its explosion into a global industry. For the book’s release, BUA is working with corporate sponsors to create a tour featuring his original artworks along with a concert series.
Justin BUA attended NY’s LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts and Art Center College in CA, where he received a BFA. BUA has created art for the music, film, fashion, and entertainment industries, with clients like Warner Brothers, Comedy Central, MTV, Sony, and EA Sports. BUA’s art sells at galleries worldwide as well as at retail giants like Target. Recent credits include art direction for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s acclaimed film, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” as well as the direction and hosting of Ovation TV’s hit documentary “Walk this Way,” about rapper DMC, of RUN-D.M.C. BUA lives in L.A., CA.