Cover Art and the Artist:
Symbolism of the cover art: “Organic Globalizer”
The hand gesture in the middle represents the concept of “infinite building” and “knowledge,” which represents the fifth element of hip hop culture.
This is surrounded by the four original elements of hip hop, which are represented by the presence of the (MC) holding the mic, the turntable
(deejay), hand with can of spray paint (graffiti), and the b-boy in a hand stand (breaking). The piece is situated on a globe, with a diverse landscape moving from mountains to buildings. The entire piece is adorned with a leafy, growing vine, which represents the organic nature of the movement.
Muralist (cover art bio: Leidy Rayo (Era) is a visionary Colombian artist, who has been a part of the graffiti movement since 2001 and member of the Global Block Collective since 2011. In 2006, she began working on developing hip hop schools in her home town of Soacha in order to share the tools of empowerment and knowledge with a risk youth. She is currently studying Art Therapy in Juniguiana, Argentina in order to deepen the study of the self, the healing and the symbolism of art. In 2012, she began experimenting with capturing her creativity on the human canvas, the skin, through the art of tattooing. Her vision is the completion of a hip hop cultural center in the municipality of Soacha, Colombia that will be dedicated to providing the tools for personal and intellectual growth, across the social, political, and cultural spectrums.