About The Archive
The Eric Arnold 4080 Magazine Collection
The Eric Arnold Collection is comprised of "4080 Magazine" issues, ranging from 1994 to 1996. Besides exclusive interviews with artists of such renown as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Nas, the articles also highlight less commercial performers, for example: Erick Sermon, Mac Dre, and Khayree. 4080 also addresses those aspects of hiphop culture that are often neglected by mainstream print media; providing commentary on hiphop fashion, and contemporary "conscious" rappers.
Another hallmark of 4080's writing is to recognize and pay tribute to the pioneers of hiphop music. The magazine regularly prepares "special reports" on important events in the genre's development: the legacy of Tupac Shakur, and the tragedy of Young Lay. The contributions of "old school" rappers are also acknowledged: Master P, Pharcyde, and The GZA.
About Eric Arnold
After graduating with a degree in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz, Eric became Music Editor of Bay Area-based 4080 magazine in 1993, later becoming Editorial Director. After leaving 4080, Eric became the “In the Hood” columnist for the Source magazine, writing about regional hip-hop scenes across the country, as well as a groundbreaking piece on international hip-hop in Japan. In 2000, he profiled inner-city documentary filmmaker Kevin Epps in a cover story for the SF Bay Guardian. In 2001, Eric was a consultant for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ “Hip Hop by the Bay” exhibition, and in 2002, he was Program Coordinator for “Hip Hop and Beyond,” an academic conference held at UC Berkeley. In 2003, he began writing the “Close 2 tha Edge” column for East Bay Express; more cover stories followed, on pioneering Asian-American rapper Lyrics Born and the “ New Bay” movement. Eric has also contributed a chapter to the 2007 Pluto Press anthology “The Vinyl Ain’t Final.”