After 17 years of documenting hip-hop’s cultural dominance, photographer Mel D. Cole has announced his first book, GREAT: Photographs of Hip Hop 2002-2019.

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As the title suggests, the 144-page hardcover book compiles nearly two decades’ worth of Mel’s work, capturing many of your favorite artists in uniquely intimate settings. There’s Drake hanging out with Sade backstage in London, Kendrick Lamar tearing down SXSW in 2013, and D’Angelo and Questlove prepping for a performance in 2016. Mel, who is best known as The Roots’ official photographer, even got Questlove to write the foreword.

“I’ve heard music compared to many things. Some say it’s a game. Some say it’s hell. I say it’s a war. Photographers are correspondents in this war documenting every battle. Every step of the way. The invading Beatles had Harry Benson. Jenny’s Lens was the West Coast Punk scene’s eye. Run DMC & The Beastie Boys had Ricky Powell and the Roots had Mel D. Cole— or should I say Mel D. Cole had us?” — Questlove

Mel D. Cole has launched a Kickstarter for GREAT: Photographs of Hip Hop 2002-2019 in order to secure its publishing. The book itself costs $65 while a collector’s edition copy, which comes in a custom clamshell case and includes a functional custom 35mm disposable camera and a postcards booklet, is available for $250. Mel’s goal is $55,000 and so far he’s raised just over $10,500.

Click here to donate and check out more images of the book below.

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