As we begin our celebrations of Black History Month, I want to take a moment to appreciate a different aspect of our history: Hip-Hop. Often dismissed by critics as noisy, senseless rambling of an uneducated minority, Hip-Hop represents the hopes and dreams of our culture. Born in the streets of New York in the 1970s, Hip-Hop was the means of expression for a voiceless generation.
Hip-Hop resonates with the rich history of our communities: created for us, by us, about us. 40+ years later, Hip-Hop continues to seep into mainstream media and culture. So much so that last year, Marvel released several Hip-Hop variant covers. And because we are truly here to support our fellow Black nerds everywhere, I feel it necessary to highlight how nerdism and Hip-Hop collide. Each week in February (and possibly beyond), I want to highlight some of the best Hip-Hop variant comic book covers for Marvel.
Not only are these covers visually appealing, but they pay tribute to our music. These covers are amazing. We may not always be recognized by others, but our history lives on everywhere. You can’t deny the influence our culture has had on the rest of the world.
In the coming weeks, I will highlight more Marvel variant covers and explore some Hip-Hop influenced comic books that have been published over the years.