Flier for “Benefit Show for Police Athletic League Hip Hop Showdown” by Van Silk

Designed by
VanSilk, American, born 1958
Distributed by
Hearon, Patricia
Subject of
Grandmaster Caz, American, born 1960
JDL, American
The Cold Crush Brothers, American, founded 1978
Casio, American
Islam, Afrika, American, born 1967
Afrika Bambaataa, American, born 1957
Melle Mel, American, born 1961
Furious Five, American, 1978 - 1989
Police Athletic League Community Center, American
Police Athletic League, American, founded 1936
The Roxy, American, 1978 - 2007
Printed by
January 19, 1985
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 10 13/16 × 8 3/8 in. (27.5 × 21.2 cm)
A flier for “Benefit Show for Police Athletic League Hip Hop Showdown” designed by Van Silk. The flier is in portrait orientation and printed on off-white paper. It is covered top to bottom in black text and graphics. The top half of the flier has centered, horizontal text in varying fonts and sizes that reads [Patricia Hearon / presents / BENEFIT SHOW For PAL / HIP HOP SHOWDOWN / Starring…..]. Listed below are the acts printed in horizontal and diagonal orientations. Text printed on the left reads [G.M.CAZ&JDL / of / COLDCRUSH 4]. Text printed at the center reads [Humanbeatboxx / ‘CASIO’], and text printed on the right reads [Son of / Bambatta / Dj Afrika / ISLAM]. Centered text below reads [Sun 20th / “LIVE ON STAGE” / GRANDMASTER MELE MEL / ··OF THE FURIOUS 5 / Whitelines, Message, Beatstreet & / “STEP OFF’ / CALLING OUT THE Human Beatboxx / TO BATTLE / CASH PRIZES / ‘FRESH 85’]. The event location and contact information, printed at the bottom center, reads [P.A.L. COMMUNITY CENTER / 123rd Steel Bet. 7th & 8th Aves. / Info: 749-1157]. Printed in each of the corners is additional event information. The text printed in the top corners reads [2 Floors, / 2 Days] on the left, and [Sat / JAN / 19th] on the right. Text printed in the bottom corners reads [Doors /open / 8pm] on the left, and [adm / $4withflyer] above [DON’T / MISS / IT!!] on the right. The flier text is accented with ten graphics of small, solid black, five-pointed stars. The back of the flier has no text or inscriptions.
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Place used
Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
fliers (printed matter)
DJs (Musicians)
Graphic design
Hip hop (Music)
Rappers (Musicians)
Urban life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
2 image(s)