The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be hosting a hip hop block party on August 13th.
According to the organizers, the event will be the first anniversary of the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. The day-long event will feature performances by local and national talent, presentations, and activities to explore hip-hop music and culture’s origins, elements, and influences.
The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap is a first-of-its-kind multimedia collection chronicling the growth of the music and culture from the parks of the Bronx to solidifying a reach that spans the globe. The set includes 129 tracks on 9 CDs and a 300–page book with original design by Cey Adams, artist and founding creative director of Def Jam Recordings, as well as essays by some of hip-hop’s leading writers and critics and hundreds of photographs spanning decades of history. Through the music, writing, and extensive liner notes, the Anthology reveals the many trends within this multifaceted genre, its social and political implications, and its influence on popular culture.
Courtesy – NMAAHC