Has Hip-Hop Come "of Age"?

"We were tired of the drugs, the gangs, the burning buildings. This was our way to say: We're going to do what we want."


Joe Conzo gets misty eyed when he recalls his teenage years in the South Bronx. In those days, taking pictures was his hobby - one which led to him photographing black and Latino youths dancing to a new type of music, with its own distinctive forms of dance and art. The scene would later be christened hip-hop. More than 30 years on, this New York fire service paramedic is a celebrated photographer best known for his book, Born in the Bronx. Mr Conzo, who the New York Times dubbed "the man who took hip-hop's baby pictures," recalls MCs, DJs, graffiti artists and breakdancers forming a "collective body of different elements that created the culture" of youth in the Bronx in the late 70s ...