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Dean Haspiel


8th December 2014

11:33am: Mantronix
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I had the honor of creating a MANTRONIX pin-up for Ed Piskor's upcoming HIP HOP FAMILY TREE book 3. I grew up with NYC Hip Hop since its inception and love what Ed has been doing with the history of it in comix form. My favorite rap song of all time is Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock." And, since Ed already covered Bambaataa in earlier volumes, I decided to celebrate Mantronix, a lesser known progenitor of electro-funk with hits like "Fresh is the word" and "Needle to the groove." "Cold Gettin' Dumb" is a phenomenal collaboration between Mantronix and Just-Ice; first introduced to me by old school pals, Raf & Cooly C (Raf aka jazz guitar impresario, Adam Rafferty, and Cooly C aka John-Christian Urich of Tortured Soul) whenever we threw house parties and they would spark a "table bug," which consisted of busting out pots and pans and smashing them together while dancing around a kitchen table.


6:29pm: Bleeding Cool visits Hang Dai Studios
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"Hanging At Hang Dai Studios With Joe Infurnari, Dean Haspiel, And Seth Kushner" by Hannah Means-Shannon at Bleeding Cool.

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