Eyejammie Gallery owner Bill Adler and legendary graffiti writer Cey Adams are working on a DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop. The book, due in October on Collins Design, will chronicle the evolution of art and design within Hip Hop culture.
Adler told HipHopDX Wednesday, “The idea is that everyone knows about Hip Hop music, but they’re less
well informed about the impact of Hip Hop on the visual arts. Our
book, heavily illustrated, has seven chapters: grafitti and fine
art, album cover art, TV and movies, advertising, cars, sneakers, and
The authors of the individual essays include Ego Trip‘s Sacha
Jenkins, Franklin Sirmans, Carlo McCormick, Armond White, Raquel
Cepeda, Cheo Coker, Michael Gonzales, and Tamara Warren.
Bill Adler has previously authored Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC. He worked as director of publicity for Rush Management and Def Jam in the mid 1980s, before becoming vice president/media relations for Island/Def Jam in 1991. He also served as writer/producer for Vh1‘s And You Don’t Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop five-part documentary. Cey Adams worked at Def Jam from 1984 through 1999, establishing The Drawing Board, the design group responsible for many of Hip Hop’s most famous cover designs and logos. He has since done design work for The Chappelle Show. He has also designed for Nike, Coca-Cola and HBO.