Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, DJ Kool Herc Spawns A New Culture

By Ed Piskor

Published 9:30 am Tue, Jan 10, 2012


About the Author

Hip Hop Family Tree is in stores. Hip Hop Family Tree book 2 is now on Amazon!
Coming soon: The Hip Hop Family Tree Box Set

18 Responses to “Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, DJ Kool Herc Spawns A New Culture”

  1. Genre Slur says:

    Awesome thank you

  2. strangefriend says:

    Tell us how Grandmaster Flash met Blondie . . .

  3. hexmonkey says:

    There was a documentary called “The Freshest Kids” that explained some of this too:

  4. [wants to mouse over the players and get links to more info]

  5. coryf says:

    Very cool.  Don’t know much about Hip Hop, interesting to learn about it’s origins.

  6. Reminds me of a great documentary, Scratch. Is it online? You betcha! (NSFW, adult language.)

  7. ill lich says:

    I predict this rapping-style-music will be very popular with the youngsters someday.

  8. jarmstrong says:

    This is awesome.  Another great film in which to see a number of these artists is Wild Style. “Ain’t nothing to it but to do it.”

  9. Tony Canepa says:

    Great piece.  Love the art and the weathered, four-color look. 

  10. wrecksdart says:

    Outstanding–can’t wait to read the next installment.

  11. sean says:

    Thanks for cluing all of us white hipsters in on a strange, fearful and mysterious form of music that we want to be cool enough to “dig” but don’t really understand…our inherent lack of rhythm, as white people, may be part of the reason…can you teach me how I can bust a rhyme, dissing the ho’s and playuhs, so I can buy a big gold medallion to wear?

  12. 666beast1 says:

    Great writing and art, Thanks for creating it.

  13. Mister44 says:

    Three things for the artist:

    1) How do you replicate the look of old comics so well?

    2) I am enjoying you 10x more than Bill the Skipping Water Beetle

    3) If you leave out Doug E Fresh, I won’t forgive you.

  14. UncaScrooge says:

    I honestly did not care for any of your comics until you started writing about Hip Hop.  These are great stuff.  I know you don’t need any constructive criticism from the likes of me, but I think your journalism trumps your editorialism.

  15. Maeg says:

    This is amazing!  I was born in South Bronx in ’79, my older brother in ’73; this was the beginning of our personal soundtracks of our lives.  Ah, the memories… Imagine two little white kids bringing THIS to suburban MD in ’85.