You can't go wrong with a Biz Markie blurb! I'll read anything he tells me to. Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree is a beautifully illustrated history that clearly tells the complex story of an organic movement's rise to prominence. Piskor's writing and illustrations really convey the energy and electric feel that must have surrounded early 80's New York hip hop culture. The book takes a wide view of what hip hop culture can mean, and provides history lessons on graffiti artists and record store owners, as well as DJ's and MC's. Come for the classic depictions of favorites like Fab Five Freddy, Melle Mel, and Grandmaster Flash, but stay for the well-researched, compelling history.