Written by Claude “Paradise” Gray and Giuseppe “u.net” Pipitone, No Half Steppin’ is a 212 page book featuring 175 color photos and flyers from one of the most legendary clubs in 1980’s New York City, Latin Quarter (“LQ”).
While some may argue New York is not what it used to be for hip hop, it is books like this that remind us of the culture’s history. As “Play” from Kid ‘n Play put it, “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.”
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.
No Half Steppin’ is released today through Wax Poetics Books. 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 (details coming).