Author/Artist: Ed Piskor
Publisher: Fantagraphics

Ed Piskor has made it his life's work to document the history of hip-hop as it evolved from a South Bronx subculture to a massive global movement. And to say that he's done a great job is an understatement. This is truly an encyclopedic history of early rap, complete with all the parties, drama, and sonic evolution, documented by an expert cartoonist. Oh, and did I mention that it's beautiful? The packaging is some of the best you'll see anywhere.