This September will mark 25 years since the debut of the illustrated social commentary column “The Last Word” in The Source magazine. For 17 years it served as a unique platform to reflect on zeitgeist moments in hip-hop and placed the exclamation point on each issue of “The Hip-Hop Bible.” The column’s illustrator and co-creator, André LeRoy Davis will be hosting a special exhibit to celebrate the milestone and his 50 years on the planet entitled “50 Shades of Dré,” but he needs your help.
“For all of you who bought and read the bible of Hip-Hop religiously, “The Last Word” was the illustration located on the last page of The Source magazine every month,” Davis writes on his IndieGogo page. From September 1990 until January 2007, twelve months a year in every issue I refined and honed my skills while poking fun at the likes of LL Cool J, Naughty By Nature, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang, Jay-Z, Nas and many others. For close to 17 years, you either loved me or hated me. A few people, including DJ Quik, Rakim and Professor X from X-Clan, at first took offence to my drawings, but most Hip-Hop artists understood that it was just a joke and they took it as a badge of honor. The late rapper Heavy D., once admitted that “The Last Word” was the first thing he looked at when he picked up the magazine.”
“50 Shades of Dré: A One Man Show” is set to debut in Harlem, N.Y.C. and will offer the art connoisseur a few illustrations from his college days, his first published works in Players magazine, political satire, various Hip-Hop related art work and of course original The Last Word illustrations both classic and a new.
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