Jamel Shabazz’s work has appeared in publications such as The Source, Vibe, Trace, British Elle, Jalouse, Dune, GQ, and French Vogue. He has published four books with powerHouse: Back in the Days (2001), A Time Before Crack (2005), The Last Sunday in June (2003), and Seconds of My Life (2007). Shabazz was born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in 1960.
Fab 5 Freddy is a Hip Hop historian, director, actor, emcee, and painter. He was an active participant in the earliest days of Hip Hop, and later hosted the first Hip Hop music video show on TV, Yo! MTV Raps. He has appeared in the films Downtown 81, Wild Style, New Jack City, and most recently Rachel Getting Married.
Ernie Paniccioli is a Brooklyn-born photographer best know for his documentation of Hip Hop culture. Paniccioli was the main photographer for Word Up! Magazine, and his work has also appeared in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Spin, Ebony, Vibe, The Source, and XXL. Paniccioli has published a monograph of his work, Who Shot Ya?: Three Decades of HipHop Photography (Amistad, 2002).