WORD Presents: Ernie Paniccioli for HIP HOP AT THE END OF THE WORLD

10/17/2018 - 7:30pm
Ernie Paniccioli Hip Hop at the End of the World

Ernie Paniccioli, hailed by The New York Times as "the chronicler of hip-hop," and author of the best-selling book Who Shot Ya, has been taking the most important photographs of the hip-hop scene for the last four decades, getting unprecedented access to such headliners as Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Notorious B.I.G, Tupac, Lauryn Hill, and Snoop Dogg.To this day, Paniccioli’s photography remains the iconic chronicle of one of the most crucial movements in American music. In candid moments, Brother Ernie—who was inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in 2014—captures the feel, and more importantly, the look of an era that would forever transform fashion and popular culture. His latest book, Hip Hop at the End of the World: The Photography of Ernie Paniccioli, serves both as a career retrospective and a riveting behind-the-scenes view of the evolution of hip-hop, the styles that grew from it, and the artists who shaped it.

After picking up a camera in 1973 to document the graffiti art that dominated New York City, Paniccoli, known respectfully as Brother Ernie, started his journey of wholeheartedly capturing the hip-hop scene during its most fertile years. Always armed with a 35mm camera, he successfully photographed nearly every rapper of note since the genre's inception. Filled with over 250 color and black-and-white images—many that have never before been published—of legends like Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Naughty by Nature, 50 Cent, Lil' Kim, Flavor Flav, Queen Latifah, and TLC, this book is set to become the new bible of hip-hop photography. Hip Hop at the End of the World is required reading for fans of music, fashion, popular culture, and photography.

Please note there is a $5 entrance voucher for this event which can be purchased online or at the door. The voucher is good towards anything in store at WORD, including Hip Hop at the End of the World. Please note that if you purchase the book directly from WORD at the event or via pre-order there is no need to purchase a voucher for admission.


Ernie Paniccioli is a legendary American photographer of hip hop culture. A Cree Native American, he grew up in Brooklyn, New York. His photography of hip hop began in the 1970s with shots of graffiti in New York.The hip-hop journalist Kevin Powell encouraged Paniccioli to make a book and in 2002, Who Shot Ya?: Three Decades of Hip-Hop Photography was published. Paniccioli's work has appeared in various publications over a 30-year period, including Rolling Stone, Vibe, The New York Times, Newsweek, Life, SpinCalifornia History, The Daily News, Elementary, Entertainment Weekly, The Final Call, Honey, Mass Appeal, and Murder Dog. The documentary The Other Side of Hip-Hop chronicles Paniccioli’s life and work and was the winner of the Big Apple Film Festival’s Best Documentary Award in 2007.

Hip Hop at the End of the World: The Photography of Brother Ernie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780789334411
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Universe - September 25th, 2018

Filled with more than 250 images of artists including Ice Cube, The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Naughty by Nature, Public Enemy, 50 Cent, N.W.A, Snoop Dogg, Lil' Kim, Flavor Flav, Lauren Hill, Queen Latifah, TLC, many that have never before been published, this book is set to become the new hip-hop photography bible

$5 admission to this event at our Jersey City store. Your $5 voucher can be used toward anything in store, including Hip Hop at the End of the World. Please note that if you purchase a copy of the book from WORD there is no need to purchase a voucher.