Women have been the backbone of hip-hop since its earliest inception. Along with perseverance and creativity, they possess a spiritual and metaphysical presence. These female creators have a profound potency that makes them the perfect symbols for an oracle deck to help you address a question or set your intention for the day.
The fifty-two artists included—from MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, and Lil’ Kim to Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj—are hip-hop’s oracles, now immortalized from tape deck to card deck. Veteran music journalist and certified oracle reader Kathy Iandoli matched each queen with an appropriate symbol, based on her decades of experience interviewing (and befriending) iconic artists, past and present. Rendered in the bold, colorful, pop art–style portraiture of artist Monica Ahanonu on sturdy, oversized cards with rounded corners, these DJs, MCs, and singers will guide you the same way they’ve blazed trails from the underground to the mainstream since day one.
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|Publisher:||Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed|
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About the Author
Monica Ahanonu is a freelance illustrator working and living in Los Angeles. After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Monica started her career at DreamWorks Animation. She has worked with Netflix, Google, Instagram, The New York Times, Samsung, Time, InStyle, Adidas, Sprite, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sephora, Red Table Talk, and Vanity Fair and been featured online in Vogue, BuzzFeed, New York, Women’s Wear Daily, Architectural Digest, Bustle, Afropunk, and Design Milk. Her work has also been showcased at the Art Basel festival.
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You could have chosen to throw any oracle cards in the world, but you’re here with these. And what a special deck this is. Why, you ask? Because Hip-Hop Queens reign supreme (over nearly everyone).
Women have been the backbone of hip-hop since its earliest inception. They have weathered storms, reinvented the wheel, found love (and heartache), birthed a new generation of children and artists. Beneath all their perseverance and creativity lies a spiritual and metaphysical presence. Call it what you want—lightning in a bottle, Black girl magic—but these female creators have a potency that transcends the lyrics on a page or spins of a record on a turntable. Their emotion, insight, foresight, hindsight, and of course strength and resilience make them the perfect symbols for an oracle deck.
The 52 artists you’ll see here are hip-hop’s oracles, now immortalized from tape deck to card deck. We hope they guide you the way they’ve blazed trails from the underground to the mainstream since day one.