Ed Piskor’s “Hip Hop Family Tree” Comic Series

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012 at 10:27 am by

We only just discovered Ed Piskor’s phenomenal “Hip Hop Family Tree” comic series for BoingBoing, and seriously cannot get enough! The weekly series of illustrations is, as you might expect, a lesson in the genealogy of the musical art form starting with DJ Kool Herc and DJ Hollywood. And as the byline suggests, it’s “a look into the viral propagation of a culture.” Def.

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Piskor addressed the subject of Debbie Harry and Fab 5 Freddy mixing up the scene in one installment a couple weeks ago; this week he commented on the initial backlash from the uber-commercial “Rapper’s Delight” and also its infringement of Grandmaster Caz’s lyric (“I’m the C-A-S-A-N-O-V-A and the rest is F-L-Y”).

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“Hip Hop Family Tree” runs on Tuesdays. But don’t expect a longform comic book any time soon. Artist Ed Piskor told MTV Hive in March:

I’m taking my time with it right now because my biggest fear is to hook up with a publisher and the editor likes the idea that hip-hop is a billion dollar industry to capitalize on and messes with what I’m building. I don’t want them to force me to go from Kool Herc to the death of Tupac in 200 pages. That would fuck up my entire scene. I’ll entertain it but I’m a ridiculous control freak and it has to be done the way I want it done. I couldn’t handle being told what to do.

Every page you see online is really what’s done. I wasn’t expecting to do this on a weekly basis ’til I got such a positive response. It became a motivating force. Each new strip takes most of the week to do. I’m definitely super pasty white and I haven’t been out of the house. I stink. I’m constantly working on the thing. I have that work ethic anyhow. So I’m gonna keep it going.

Yes, please keep it going!

[h/t nonetheless]

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