'Most of my heroes didn't appear on no stamp,' is more than just a great quote. Chuck D's words define generations of struggle, racial intolerance and also act as a timely reminder that Hip-Hop can be a snarling and witty political beast rather than just about bling and bitches. The brainchild of Mark Culmer, a graphic designer, illustrator and cartoonist based in Brighton, the Hip-Hop stamp collection is, quite simply, one of the greatest things I've ever seen. Although they are not available as actual stamps, the original collection 'A Celebration Of The Golden Era' featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Eazy-E, Biggie, Biz Markie and 30-odd other MC-ing legends, is available on a T-shirt or as an A2 print and Mark is now rolling out a load of new stamps of 50 Cent, Eminem, Jay-Z and more modern-day rappers, seen for the first time in the gallery above.
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