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Who Shot Ya?: Three Decades Of Hiphop Photography [Hardcover]

Ernie Paniccioli
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Oct. 10 2002

Nearly thirty years ago, Ernie Paniccioli began photographing the graffiti art throughout New York City as well as the young people creating it. Armed with a 35-millimeter camera, Paniccioli literally recorded the beginning salvos of hip hop, today the most dominant youth culture on the planet. Be it Grandmaster Flash at the Roxy, a summer block party in the Bronx, the fresh faces of Queen Latifah and Will Smith, the cocksure personas of Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., and Emimem, or the regal grace of Lauryn Hill, Ernie Paniccioli has been there to showcase hip hop's evolution much in the same way Gordon Parks recorded the Civil Rights Movement, or akin to the manner in which James Van Der Zee, the great photographer of Harlem in the 1920s, met the energy and spirit of his times.

Who Shot Ya? Three Decades of Hip Hop Photography is the first major pictorial history of hip hop culture based around the work of one photographer. Culled from a vast archive, the approximately 150 images in Who Shot Ya? represent the visual diary of a generation, essentially following this socio-political art form from the streets of New York City to the billion-dollar global industry it has become. While some of these iconic renderings have graced the pages of magazines and fanzines through the years, most are published here for the first time.


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“Groundbreaking....A pivotal new addition to hip-hop history.” (The Source)

“This is the face of hip-hop, 30 years in the making.” (Washington Post)

“Ask Grandmaster Flash...LL Cool J, or...Queen Latifah Who Shot Ya? and the answer will be...Ernie Paniccioli.” (Vanity Fair)

“Who Shot Ya‘s images catch history in the making.” (Daily News)

“Ernie Paniccioli has been that rare archivist of the urban emotion, covering the years leading to the millennium and beyond.” (Savoy)

“Who Shot Ya? is an impressive celebration of life and a unique contribution to the complex lives of photographers, hip hop culture, fashion, and performance art. Kevin Powell’s mix of interview and analysis give depth to the performers and the photographer’s life.” (Deborah Willis, author of Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers, 1840 to the Present)

“The first real attempt at documenting hiphop’s official origin, essence, and history.” (KRS-ONE, The Temple of Hip-Hop)

“Ernie Paniccioli’s photographs have not only documented, but also helped define hip hop style.” (Jim Fricke, Senior Curator, Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA)

“Ernie Paniccioli is a great photographer of deep importance....the Hiphop Photo King.” (Afrika Bambaataa, The Universal Zulu Nation / The Godfather of Hip-Hop Culture)

“Impressive...a unique contribution to the complex lives of photographers, hip hop culture, fashion, and performance art.” (Chuck D, Public Enemy)

“Extensive...insightful....Paniccioli...captures the emotional and stylistic changes that have come to define hip hop.” (Tricia Rose, author of Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America)

“Extraordinary...Paniccioli [is] the preeminent photographer of hiphop.” (Arnold Lehman, Ph.D., Director, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York)

About the Author

Ernie Paniccioli has been the chief photographer for Word Up! magazine since 1989. His work has appeared in a variety of books and periodicals, most notably Life, Vibe, Time, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and The New York Times, as well as on MTV and VH1. Beyond the hip hop world, Paniccioli has captured a number of popular figures on film, among them Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, John F. Kennedy Jr., Britney Spears, and Ricky Martin. This is Ernie Paniccioli’s first book. He lives in New Jersey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars VISUAL PARADISE! Sept. 11 2003
Format:Hardcover
Other than being truly dope, there's not much to say about Ernie Pannicioli's phenomenal book, Who Shot Ya? These pages truly capture the heart and soul of Hip Hop culture and those responsible for it. No pansy Photoshop touch-ups or cookie cutter material here, baby! Who Shot Ya delivers, bringing us chock-full-of-flavor in every page. Pannicioli immortalizes a lot of his subjects in their natural state; albeit, at times too raw for it's viewer. Ernie is the consumate documentor of urban/Hip Hop culture and Who Shot Ya? represents a visual tour into this man's unique body of work. Along with books like: Subway Art, Hip Hop (out of print) and Back In The Days, Who Shot Ya? is as invaluable as the culture that inspired it. --James "Koe" Rodriguez
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Shot Ya? June 9 2003
Format:Hardcover
Who Shot Ya? is a highly comprehensive presentation of the diachronic development and birth of hip hop culture. Kevin Powell manages to share this most important history in a clear accurate language that will benefit both young and old, especially those who believe that hip hop culture began during the age of music and television videos and those who are not quite certain if hip hop is a culture at all. Additionally, Ernie Paniccioli provides a brilliant, inspiring, photohistory that brings his subjects to life at your very finger tips. Together, Powell and Paniccioli provide a dual approach addressing a much needed historical and pictorial revision that will serve to guide many in their quests for knowledge and truth. Most importantly, Powell and Paniccioli share the tremendous impact that hip hop culture has had on the nation and the world. We are blessed by this text.
Ronnie Hopkins, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Honors
Associate Professor of English
Benedict College
1600 Harden Street
Columbia SC 29204
803.253.5413
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5.0 out of 5 stars Luv for HipHop...Luv for OUR culture! Dec 17 2002
Format:Hardcover
Let me just say that the book is great! It's a conversation piece, photo journal, nostalgia, and more importantly, our musical & cultural history, all roled up into one. "Who Shot Ya?" is very engaging as well as entertaining. Not just for young Hip Hop fans but for those interested in seeing an important time of our history come to life.
There are so many never seen before pictures of artist such as Queen Latifa, MC Lyte, Busta, Lauren Hill....the list goes on and on. Even some of the artist were surprised when they saw some old school photos of themselves.
The love and respect that both Ernie and Kevin have for HipHop culture is felt on every page.
This would make a nice gift. Check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Photographic Masterpiece Nov. 23 2002
Format:Hardcover
Ernie Paniccioli has given Hip-Hop fans a treasure of photographs of nearly everyone who has been involved with Hip-Hop. His collections feature Old School Stars such as Grandmaster Flash and goes up to current stars such as Mystikal, Nelly, Nas , JayZ ,Common, and Talib Kweli. It will bring back memories of how some stars looked back in the dayz (Mary J. Blige in her classic ghetto fabulous style of jeans, boots and baseball cap). In addition, it will give a glimpse back in time at forgotten groups and rappers(Ultramagnetic MCs, KidnPlay, Jungle Brothers, Roxanne Shante etc.) The only slight I have with this book is that it did not have a picture of my old schoolmate DJ Scott La Rock (You will see KRS-One in a picture over a mural featuring Scott's name). A must buy for all Hip-Hop fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Shot Ya? June 9 2003
By Dr. Ronnie Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Who Shot Ya? is a highly comprehensive presentation of the diachronic development and birth of hip hop culture. Kevin Powell manages to share this most important history in a clear accurate language that will benefit both young and old, especially those who believe that hip hop culture began during the age of music and television videos and those who are not quite certain if hip hop is a culture at all. Additionally, Ernie Paniccioli provides a brilliant, inspiring, photohistory that brings his subjects to life at your very finger tips. Together, Powell and Paniccioli provide a dual approach addressing a much needed historical and pictorial revision that will serve to guide many in their quests for knowledge and truth. Most importantly, Powell and Paniccioli share the tremendous impact that hip hop culture has had on the nation and the world. We are blessed by this text.
Ronnie Hopkins, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Honors
Associate Professor of English
Benedict College
1600 Harden Street
Columbia SC 29204
803.253.5413
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luv for HipHop...Luv for OUR culture! Dec 17 2002
By S. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Let me just say that the book is great! It's a conversation piece, photo journal, nostalgia, and more importantly, our musical & cultural history, all roled up into one. "Who Shot Ya?" is very engaging as well as entertaining. Not just for young Hip Hop fans but for those interested in seeing an important time of our history come to life.
There are so many never seen before pictures of artist such as Queen Latifa, MC Lyte, Busta, Lauren Hill....the list goes on and on. Even some of the artist were surprised when they saw some old school photos of themselves.
The love and respect that both Ernie and Kevin have for HipHop culture is felt on every page.
This would make a nice gift. Check it out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Photographic Masterpiece Nov. 23 2002
By rodog63jr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ernie Paniccioli has given Hip-Hop fans a treasure of photographs of nearly everyone who has been involved with Hip-Hop. His collections feature Old School Stars such as Grandmaster Flash and goes up to current stars such as Mystikal, Nelly, Nas , JayZ ,Common, and Talib Kweli. It will bring back memories of how some stars looked back in the dayz (Mary J. Blige in her classic ghetto fabulous style of jeans, boots and baseball cap). In addition, it will give a glimpse back in time at forgotten groups and rappers(Ultramagnetic MCs, KidnPlay, Jungle Brothers, Roxanne Shante etc.) The only slight I have with this book is that it did not have a picture of my old schoolmate DJ Scott La Rock (You will see KRS-One in a picture over a mural featuring Scott's name). A must buy for all Hip-Hop fans.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VISUAL PARADISE! Sept. 11 2003
By James Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Other than being truly dope, there's not much to say about Ernie Pannicioli's phenomenal book, Who Shot Ya? These pages truly capture the heart and soul of Hip Hop culture and those responsible for it. No pansy Photoshop touch-ups or cookie cutter material here, baby! Who Shot Ya delivers, bringing us chock-full-of-flavor in every page. Pannicioli immortalizes a lot of his subjects in their natural state; albeit, at times too raw for it's viewer. Ernie is the consumate documentor of urban/Hip Hop culture and Who Shot Ya? represents a visual tour into this man's unique body of work. Along with books like: Subway Art, Hip Hop (out of print) and Back In The Days, Who Shot Ya? is as invaluable as the culture that inspired it. --James "Koe" Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING ! Jan. 8 2013
By Mighty Kalipssus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book, all the photography is amazing he put together the stages of Hip Hop during this 30 years when the Kulture was on its golden years, very good work by the King and my Ahki, Ernie Panniccioli.
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