It was the streets that raised me, streets that paid me, streets that made me a product of my environment
Coming from a HipHop and Punk/Hardcore background, the streets are the place where all our relevant references come together: music, skateboarding, graffiti, political action. The book thus combines selftaken photographs of our surroundings and found footage ranging from movie stills to reproduced magazines and record covers. Both layers are intertwined in a fictional script, formulating an attitude which links Leipzig in 2010 to the New York City of the late 80s, for example. The title »It was the streets that raised me, streets that paid me, streets that made me a product of my environment« is a reference to what motivates our work: the streets of the city (in this work, Leipzig) as the setting—as well as our favored forms of subculture as the »soundtrack« of our artistic work. That is why it comes in a printed record sleeve; the content is totally pure, just pictures, while all information, similar to liner notes, are found on the sleeve.
Arne Schmitt, Andrzej Steinbach
HIT, Annette Lux, Lina Grumm