In the mid-1980s, Latin Quarter in NYC was the musical incubator of hip-hop’s Golden era while playing a pivotal role in the creation of the Stop The Violence Movement.  Legends were born in the bustling Times Square club – from A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Eric B. & Rakin, Queen Latifah, Public Enemy and many more.  One could walk into the club a nobody and come out a star.

Today marks the release of the book entitled “No Half Steppin’” which is an oral and pictorial history of Latin Quarter from Wax Poetics Books.  The book was written by Claude “Paradise” Gray and Giuseppe “u.net” Pipitone and features 212 pages with over 175 color photographs and flyers from the greatest period of hip-hop history.  Oral history is provided by participants KRS-One, MC Shan, Eric B., Daddy-O, Fab 5 Freddy, DJ Clark Kent, Kurtis Blow, Grand Puba, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Kool G Rap and many more.

The book is available now for purchase via Wax Poetic’s website and a digital version will be available for sale soon.

“This book gives another great shot in the arm to hip-hop culture with an enjoyable reminder of what we had and our entertainment was also birthed from. Paradise and his group have done an extraordinary job inspiring smiles and memories like our family photo books use to do.” – Christopher “Play” Martin  (Kid & Play)



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