Presented by Russell Simmons, Cey Adams, and Bill Adler, from April 12th–14th, Rush Arts Gallery showcased a brand new, amazing presentation of the Kings of Rock which consists of photos by Sunny Bak, commemorating never before seen photos of the Beastie Boys, Rush Artist Management photos by Talib Adbul Haqq and graphic works of art by Cey Adams.
All pioneers in their own right in the field of photography, these three photographers are showcasing some of their best works that have captured pivital times in the early development of hip-hop.
To commemorate the Beastie Boys induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14th, Sunny Bak displayed epic photographs of the boys, which were used on their Licensed to Ill album.
Def Jam’s founding Creative Director, Cey Adams splashes the walls of the gallery with color with both of his graphic, collage like works of art Super, and Fresh.
Founder of Wadeva Images and one of the foundering photographers of Hip-Hop, Talib Adbul Haqq, displays some never before seen images of the early days of Hip-Hop that captured what was going on reminiscent of the times.
GlobalGrind got a chance to sit down with Sunny Bak and Talib Abdul Haqq to discuss their thoughts on being showcased in Rush Arts Gallery.
So what does it mean to the both of you to be showcased in this gallery?
Sunny Bak: It’s a big deal because its like coming home, reuniting with old friends, I mean this is not really my childhood but a really critical time in my life and the most fun time in my life. So, its really good to see everyone in New York and share pictures that i've been holding on to for the past 25 years and for the boys to go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that’s huge.
Talib Abdul Haqq: This is the illest day of my life, that magnetic gift that Russell has bestowed upon me.
Their work is absolutely amazing and the exhibition will be open until the 14th! There will also be a book signing of Def Jam Recordings: The Last Great Record Label, written by Bill Adler, Def Jam's founding publicist, and Dan Charnas.