Visual Artist Martin Askem Speaks Of "This Day In Rap & Hip-Hop History" Book
DXCLUSIVE: "Chuck [D] approached me to be involved with the book about two and a half years. I have a text in the middle of the night, and I was like, 'Wow, yes, this sounds fantastic."
A new book by Chuck D — launched in October — aims to bridge the knowledge gap in Hip Hop. This Day In Rap And Hip Hop History is a complete collection of milestones, birthdays and essential versions that helped to shape the culture that are dear to us.
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— Askem (@A5KEM) November 24, 2017
"It is very accessible to people on different levels," said Martin Askem, the main artist chosen for the project. "My son could pick it up and read it, despite the fact that it is not a Hip Hop head ... then you might have a Hip-Hop fan could pick it up as well and get the same experience out of it. There are different levels of knowledge."
Askem is involved in the creation of the book, thanks to his working relationship with the Public Enemy frontman.
"I've been working with Chuck for about five years, the production of art to RAPstation as well as cover illustrations," Askem told HipHopDX. "Chuck came to me to be involved with the book about two and a half years. I have a text in the middle of the night, and I was like, 'Wow, yes, this sounds fantastic."
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— Askem (@A5KEM) February 6, 2017
Askem's foray into the Hip Hop work of art was after what he calls a "very dark" period in his career. That all changed when he crossed paths with Chuck D at the premiere of The Art Of Rap the movie.
"It was like a light bulb moment," he revealed. "I thought why not combine my art and love for Hip-Hop] and start to immortalize your heroes?"
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