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T-Connection, Cold Crush Brothers & Jungle Rock City

Contributed by Matthijs Sluiter on Jan 10th, 2020. Artwork published in
May 1981
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    T-Connection, Cold Crush Brothers & Jungle Rock City 1
    Source: https://twitter.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Two party flyers from T-Connection, 1981, both featuring the Cold Crush Brothers, and both using Sinaloa. The flyer for “an anniversary party for… Cold Crush Brothers” shows is signed “Buddy*Esq” in the right hand corner — shorthand for Buddy Esquire, a.k.a. The King of Hip Hop Flyers. The flyer was found on a (seemingly discontinued) website named Old School Flyers. Luckily a part of their collection is still shown in a Twitter bot account.

    The Jungle Rock City flyer can be found in the fantastic online collection “Hip Hop Party and Event Flyers” of Cornell University.

    The flyer for “Jungle Rock City” uses no less than seven typefaces, plus lettering. From top to bottom: Commercial Script; Sinaloa; Futura Black; Balloon; Piccadilly, Rocco, Helvetica, all available as Letraset dry transfer letters. The big images show Aretha Franklin and Bob Marley, probably present in the “Soulsonic Sounds of Master of Records Bambaataa”. Afrika Bambaataa was an important figure in the local Hip-hop scene, and would accelerate the worldwide success of Hip-Hop a year later with his Planet Rock.
    Source: https://digital.library.cornell.edu License: All Rights Reserved.

    The flyer for “Jungle Rock City” uses no less than seven typefaces, plus lettering. From top to bottom: Commercial Script; Sinaloa; Futura Black; Balloon; Piccadilly, Rocco, Helvetica, all available as Letraset dry transfer letters. The big images show Aretha Franklin and Bob Marley, probably present in the “Soulsonic Sounds of Master of Records Bambaataa”. Afrika Bambaataa was an important figure in the local Hip-hop scene, and would accelerate the worldwide success of Hip-Hop a year later with his Planet Rock.

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    • Sinaloa
    • ITC Souvenir
    • Broadway
    • Commercial Script
    • Futura Black
    • Balloon
    • Helvetica
    • Piccadilly
    • Roco

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    4 Comments on “T-Connection, Cold Crush Brothers & Jungle Rock City”

    1. Three cheers for the Internet Archive! They luckily have archived the Old School Party Flyers website. It’s introduced by a quote from a comment made by dustykid on soulstrut.com, 7 Oct 2004:

      Most of the Old School Party Flyers were Designed By Buddy Esquire and Phase 2. Phase 2 was a real big Aerosol Artist who wrote on allot of the NYC Trains who also did a majority of the Party Flyers back then. Buddy Esquire was a regular Artist who did allot of party flyers as well.

      These Cats Worked on big Art tables and had all the tools to make these flyers by hand including those Rub on Letters, wax Machines, exacto knives, Graph Paper and many other tools that are extinct today in the modern artwork world.

      The first flyer is signed by Buddy Esquire. I don’t know about the other one, but I certainly dig the hand-rendered Broadway for “Come In Peace”.

    2. Hip Hop Hooray. Will resurface from both archives with some more uses, hopefully soon.

    3. About 500 of these flyers (many by Buddy Esquire and Phase 2) are available over at Cornell’s library: rmc.library.cornell.edu/hip…
      Most are accessible in web-friendly hi-res(ish).

    4. Just noticed that the link is included in the original post. Never mind.

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