MC SHA-ROCK & BUDDY ESQUIRE
MC SHA-ROCK'S LEVIS 505 JEANS WITH CUSTOM DESIGNS BY BUDDY ESQUIRE, CA 1999.
Dark blue denim Levis 505s, with large "SHA•" to right thigh and "ROCK" to left in white acrylic paint.
THE "MOTHER OF THE MIC" OUTFITTED BY THE "KING OF HIP-HOP FLYERS"
Hip Hop pioneer MC Sha-Rock, considered the first emale MC, began her career as a B-Girl/break-dancer in the Bronx, New York in 1976. Often referred to as the "Luminary Icon" or the "Mother of the Mic", she was part of The Funky 4 +1, the first Hip Hop group to score a record deal. In 1981, they became the first Hip Hop group to appear on television, appearing on Saturday Night Live, invited by guest host Debbie Harry of Blondie. Their single "That's the Joint" was named one of the 50 greatest rap songs of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
MC Sha-Rock appeared in the legendary Hip Hop film Beat Street, directed by Harry Belafonte, and has appeared in numerous other tv shows, documentaries, and commercials. Her numerous accolades make her one of the most celebrated MCs of all time.
Buddy Esquire, "The King of Hip Hop Flyers" was a prolific handbill artist in the South Bronx during the early days of Hip Hop. Over a 5-year period, he designed over 300 flyers, which were given out in the neighborhood to advertise parties. His style, which he referred to as "neo-deco" was very distinctive and instantly recognizable, borrowing heavily from Art Deco movie poster designs. He designed numerous flyers promoting MC Sha-Rock's performances in the late 1970s-early 1980s.
Courtesy MC Sha-Rock