NO HALF STEPPIN’

NO HALF STEPPIN’

An Oral and Pictorial History of New York City Club the Latin Quarter and the Birth of Hip-Hop’s Golden Era

No Half Steppin' — An Oral and Pictorial History of New York City Club the Latin Quarter and the Birth of Hip-Hop's Golden Era​ is 212 pages with over 175 color photographs and flyers from the greatest period in hip-hop history. Oral history by participants Special K and Teddy Tedd, KRS-One, MC Shan, Eric B., DJ Kool Red Alert, Fab 5 Freddy, Just-Ice, Positive K, DJ Clark Kent, Kid, Dana Dane, TR Love, MC Serch, Chuck D, Grand Puba, Sadat X, Pete Nice, Prince Paul, Kurtis Blow, Mike Gee, Daddy-O, Wise, Ced Gee, Big Daddy Kane, Queen Latifah, Kool G Rap, and many many more. Check the book website HERE

DADDY O OF STETSASONIC

“One moment that I always think of when people ask me about the Latin Quarter was Red Alert playing Eric B. & Rakim’s ‘My Melody’ for the first time. That might even be my most magical moment in hip-hop.”

NO HALFSTEPPIN

In the mid-1980s, DJ duo the Awesome 2, along with hip-hop impresario Paradise Gray, helped transform Manhattan salsa club the Latin Quarter into an iconic hip-hop institution.


Legends were born in that bustling Times Square club—from Stetsasonic, KRS-One, and Eric B. & Rakim to Queen Latifah, Public Enemy, and A Tribe Called Quest. Unsigned artists could drop a hot set and score a record deal—or get booed off the stage like Amateur Night at the Apollo.You could walk into the club a nobody and come out a star.


A musical incubator of hip-hop’s Golden Era, the Latin Quarter was also pivotal in the creation of the the Stop the Violence Movement.

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Claude “Paradise” Gray Claude “Paradise” Gray

Claude “Paradise” Gray was cofounder of the X Clan, whose 1990 album To the East, Blackwards is an Afrocentric and socio-politically conscious Golden Era hip-hop classic. Paradise is also a noted writer, photographer, and hip-hop historian/archivist/activist.

Giuseppe “u.net” Pipitone Giuseppe “u.net” Pipitone

Giuseppe “u.net” Pipitone is an author and an activist; a lover of hip-hop culture and Black history; and a believer in the power of oral history. His previous books include Bigger than Hip Hop, Renegades of Funk, Louder than a Bomb, Don’t Believe the Hype & Unstoppable.

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We put music in context. Closing the noticeable gap in music journalism between coverage of contemporary artists and celebration of classic trailblazers, we provide commentary on the dynamic relationship between past and present to educate today’s ears.

MC Serch of 3rd Bass

"When you went into the Quarters, you knew you were about to experience all that New York had to offer: beautiful women, great music, great per-formances, rising stars, great dance crews, but also the same violence you had in New York. The Latin Quar-ter had only one way in and only one way out. It kind of sums up hip-hop in the Golden Era."

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THE MEMORIES OF MORE THAN 40 ARTISTS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE THE MEMORIES OF MORE THAN 40 ARTISTS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE
OVER 175 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PARADISE ARCHIVE OVER 175 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PARADISE ARCHIVE
A RICH ORAL HISTORY ON ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE TIMES IN HIP HOP A RICH ORAL HISTORY ON ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE TIMES IN HIP HOP
A 212 PAGES FULL COLOR PICTORIAL BOOK POWERED BY WAX POETICS A 212 PAGES FULL COLOR PICTORIAL BOOK POWERED BY WAX POETICS