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Literary Influencers :: Over The Edge Books ~>

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Los Angeles based Over The Edge Books is the manifestation of Paul Stewart. A music and brand man of over twenty years, Paul went from promoting hits like Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” and Young MC’s “Bust A Move”, to DJing on-set on The Fresh Prince television show, to uncovering (read: discovering) and developing a laundry list of artists including Coolio, Montell Jordan, Warren G, House Of Pain and The Pharcyde. Not done there, he was also the music supervisor on the films Poetic Justice, Hustle & Flow and 2 Fast, 2 Furious among others. When you speak about influence in music, he is an obvious subject.

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Voted #20 in Complex’s 25 Best A&Rs In Hip-Hop History, he probably should have been higher on the list.

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With Over The Edge Books, Paul aims to use his monstrous history and network in the entertainment industry to uncover a new breed of emerging artists (of all kinds), and introduce the world to them through books. Digital-centric, OTE comes at the 2014 world of images and words with a fierce hold on segments of the market that were void of voice.

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Not confined to Hip-Hop, Over The Edge puts forth titles that cover cutting edge lifestyle, including art, the street, music and “hipster/nu school”.

Singer and artist Jck Dvy brought her LO-F! book to Over The Edge, giving her unpolished sound and vision a home:

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LA Underground Mainstay and former member of Sa-Ra Creative Partners Shafiq Husayn will release his upcoming book "The Loop" with OTE. The below images (to be included in the book) consist of art by Tokio Aoyama:

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Exploring the world of Bogota street art, and shot and complied by Crisp, "Street Art Of Bogota" will expose a world unseen to most:

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With "Capturing Hip Hop", DaRon Jackson AKA Whoizhe took his years behind the lens hanging out at Hip-Hop shows, BBQs and birthday parties, and applied them in a new way, giving Hip-Hop Junkies the drug they so greatly desire:

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After a chance visit to a Joel Ortiz show, his love of the camera and Hip-Hop lead to a friendship with Kendrick Lamar and his TDE crew, and now his output has made it’s way into the pages of his first book.

Gaslamp Killer from Capturing Hip-Hop:

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And coming soon from Over The Edge, "BIHNO - The International Graffiti Ambassador" took his art from Brazil around the world and back, to galleries, walls and other more mobile surfaces. His OTE release documents his time linking up with artists from around the world, through five continents:

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And there are very few West Coast Street Photographers with the clout of Mike Miller. Mike was in the studio when Dr. Dre was recording “The Chronic” and when Cypress Hill was laying down the rhymes for their first album. "West Coast Hip Hop: A History In Pictures" is a culmination of blood, sweat and snaps, that includes images of some of California’s most lauded artists, including never before seen photos of Tupac, Ice Cube, Easy E, Snoop.

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Over The Edge books is an alternative to major publications, and provides a platform for artists and authors that was much needed, and frankly may not have existed previously. With a focus on the community and the inner city as well, we’re just glad they exist, and look forward to the continued output of this literary force.

The #Influence of Hot Sauce and Music ~>

The very elusive, and hilariously named Electronic Sriracha Festival is set to take place in San Jose, CA on August 30th. Not much is known, but you can find the info that is available on their website. Hopefully they will do the legendary hot sauce justice.