If you’re in the Los Angeles area & you’re truly a Hip Hop Afficinado, you must check out the “Return Of The Mecca” Book Exhibit, currated by LA’s own Sohail Daulatzai.  All happening at the William Grant Still Arts Center, which is currently happening thru November 22, 2014.

Here’s an description of the book and exhibition:

Rakim. Public Enemy. A Tribe Called Quest. Gang Starr. Ice Cube. The Wu-Tang Clan. Mos Def. Lupe Fiasco. Jay Electronica. To many, these are some of hip-hop’s most significant artists. But few know that these artists, like many others, identify as Muslim and/or are connected to the larger world of Islam. Through the influence of figures such as Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, hip-hop culture was dominated, if not deeply influenced by its relationship to Islam, from the foundation of Zulu Nation in the early 1970’s, to the “Golden Age” of hip-hop (1986-1995), and onto the present. Return of the Mecca will showcase how Islam deeply impacted the world of art and culture, creating an alternative Black consciousness, one where Black people imagined themselves not as a national minority, but as part of a global majority.

The exhibit features the work of legendary photographers Jamel Shabazz, Ernie Paniccioli, B+, Cognito, and Katina Parker, as well as archival materials from Paraidise Gray and Alden Kimbrough, and album cover art, flyers and other ephemera.

Limited Edition, 120 page full color exhibit book featuring an extended interview with Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), essays by Chuck D and Sohail Daulatzai, photos by Jamel Shabazz, Ernie Paniccioli, B+, Katina Parker and Cognito, as well as other artwork and ephemera. Available at http://www.returnofthemecca.com/