Martha Cooper has a reputation of being the first and foremost photographer of emerging Hip Hop culture in New York City. This book documents the beginning of the phenomenon now known as Hip Hop. Along with the photos are quotes and statements from the people appearing in them. Insightful commentary from over 70 Hip Hop icons also accompany the shots. Cooper's willingness to travel into risky areas placed her at the centre of the Hip Hop movement and allowed unprecedented access. Hip Hop Files is the definitve record of the most influential youth culture on earth.