Hip-Hop culture influences everything globally, so it is nice to see when that is starting to be recognized in the form of literature used as an educational tool. Historically we as a culture have fallen short was passing the torch and educating the next generation. But the tide is shifting with books like The Hip-Hop Alphabet. The children’s book features rhymes and graffiti-style drawings using the letters of the alphabet to educate kids about hip-hop icons like Grandmaster Flash, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Salt-N-Pepa.
The book was written by Howie Abrams and illustrated by one of the masterminds behind the imagery of brands like Nike, Adidas, Beastie Boys and Metallica, Kaves. The first installment of the book was so hot it sold out for a year and is slated to be restocked on April 23rd. And the latest version is scheduled for a May 14th release. This second installment has a lot of people excited, including hip-hop legend Ice-T.
The alphabet is often the first thing you learn as a child,” he says. “My daughter is three, and she’s been reciting the alphabet for at least a year, usually doing so using the same melody as ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.’ Rap and song are clearly both valuable tools for memorizing and learning. Enjoy Hip Hop Alphabet 2. I’m proud to be ‘I’ for Ice-T!”Ice-T
This book is amazing for how it helps to build the culture, but what makes it more dope is that proceeds from the book will go towards the Jam Master Jay Foundation For Music. So it is community building in more than one way. Jam Master Jay would have been proud to see this.
The Hip-Hop Alphabet 2 will be available on May 14th and you can pre-order your copy here.