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Snoop on the set of his first video, "What's My Name," directed by Fab 5 Freddy, Long Beach, California, 1993 

Call it an instance of being in the right place at the right time -- with the right talent: Bronx-born photographer Lisa Leone came of age in New York City in the early '80s just as hip-hop was exploding across the five boroughs. While still a student at New York's High School of Art and Design, the aspiring photographer became immersed in the world of rappers, b-boys, and graffiti stars and began documenting the scene with her camera. In the span of 30+ years, Leone has photographed everyone from Biggie to Queen Latifah, Nas to Mary J. Blige, Fab 5 Freddy to Snoop Dogg and, in many cases, catching them just before they blew up.

This summer sees the publication of a new book of Leone's photos, Here I Am, out via Minor Matters (you can pre-order a copy HERE), a treasure trove of images that include '90s-era shots of Nas while he was still recording Illmatic, Snoop on the set of his first music video, and a way babyfaced Mary J. Blige hanging out at her record label. The new book also coincides with a forthcoming exhibit of her work at the Bronx Museum of the Arts running from September 13, 2014 -- January 11, 2015. We had the chance to get our hands on some incredible preview images above and below.

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Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie) backstage, New York, early 1990s

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Nas in the studio during recording sessions for his first album
Illmatic, New York, 1994

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Mary J. Blige in one of her first meetings at MCA Records, New York, 1991

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Grandmaster Flash at Rock Steady Park (West 98th Street and Amsterdam Avenue), New York, 1991

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Queen Latifah, Irvington, New Jersey, early 1990s

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Wyclef Jean during the Fugees' "Vocab" video, East Harlem, New York City, 1993

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Fab 5 Freddy in his hotel room, Paris, France, 1993

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Treach, New York, early 1990s

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Fabel and Mr. Wiggles, New York, 1990

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