Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Fab 5 Freddy meets Blondie (with Basquiat and The Clash)

Read the rest of the Hip Hop Family Tree comics!

As an aside, I recently got the printers proofs for my graphic novel, Wizzywig. It's starting to feel real!





  1. What a great history lesson!  It’s like when I learned what the lyrics to  “Yankee Doodle” meant!

      1.  Dude, around 94 my school showed the documentary “A Great Day In Harlem.”  Being a jazz fan, I attended.  Then, in 98, I’m grocery shopping and I see that cover.  Instantly, I understand the magnitude of what I’m seeing.  Then I pick it up and it’s a gigantic gatefold?  Oh, man!  Flash and Herc centered on the cover part, with Rakim centered in the gatefold with a gangster-assed shadow thrown over his grill?  Completely bananas.  The photo has been prominently displayed in each of my residences since.

        As for Mos, I followed his career very closely for many years (I’m old now, so not recently.)  I knew he was the truth since he first spoke “See, this thing called rhymin/no different than coal mining/we both on assignment/to un-earth a diamond” (before he reprised the line on the Blackstar album)   And I even had records with him before that.  Yeah, he’s a piece of the whole puzzle, all right:  COMPLICATED!

        I’m fixing to watch that doc you posted now.  Thanks for that, and thanks for the comics.  It’s rare I read anything about hip hop that I haven’t already researched myself (or indeed experienced myself,) and you’re doing it every strip, Ed!

  2. It now makes sense:
    Fab Five Freddie told me everybody’s fly
    DJ’s spinning I said my, my
    Flash is fast, Flash is cool
    Francois sais pas, Flashe no deux

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