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Hip-Hop Won't Stop

omeomyo! ... Smithsonian opening hip hop exhibit? (via american samizdat)

At an emotional and at times rowdy news conference at the Hilton New York, a group of hip-hop pioneers gathered beside the dark-suited, white- gloved Smithsonian staff to announce a plan for a major new collection devoted to the music. Called "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, the Rhymes, the Life," it is to be a broad sampling of memorabilia, from boomboxes and vinyl albums to handwritten lyrics and painted jeans jackets, as well as multimedia exhibits and oral histories. "Now whenever anybody asks me about my music," Ice-T said, he would direct him - with a torrent of blunt epithets - "to the museum.

{Hip-Hop Comes to the Smithsonian} Hip-hop has reached well beyond its urban roots to diverse national dimensions and has been an integral part of American culture for almost 30 years,” said Brent D. Glass, director of the National Museum of American History. “The National Museum of American History is committed to telling the story of the American experience, and with the significant contributions from the hip-hop community, we will be able to place hip-hop in the continuum of American history and present a comprehensive exhibition,” he added.

Initial funding from Universal Music and support from Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam and the Chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, has allowed the museum to officially launch the project and begin the collecting process.

Through “Hip-Hop Won’t Stop,” the museum plans to collect objects from all aspects of hip-hop arts and culture—music, technology, sports, graffiti, fashion, break dancing and language—including vinyl records, handwritten lyrics, boom boxes, clothing and costumes, videos and interviews, disc jockey equipment and microphones, personal and business correspondence, and posters and photos.

Rap, rhythmically spoken verse over a beat, has roots in rhythm & blues and funk as well as African, Jamaican and Latin music. Artists sample music that already exists but assemble it in new ways that haven’t been thought of before.

“Born out of poverty and the need to draw attention to social conditions, hip-hop, is amazingly creative and embodies innovation and invention,” said Marvette Pérez, curator at the National Museum of American History. “The genre is fluid and transforms itself continuously. This music speaks to people across the world as it is easily adapted to the music and language of other countries, however, the genre is sometimes misunderstood and misrepresented due to the content," she added.

Over the next few years, the museum plans to reach out to the community to gather additional objects and oral histories. An advisory panel, made up of artists, producers, scholars and others will assist in defining and refining the project. The museum also will host a number of public programs and scholarly symposia to further explore the content. The long-range vision for “Hip-Hop Won’t Stop” includes a comprehensive exhibition for millions of museum visitors and a companion traveling display.

{National Museum of American History} : {Hurricane Katrina Collection}


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