It’ll take an awfully long time to break down the influence hip-hop has had on music and society, but The Smithsonian is taking on the challenge with a new anthology of the genre.
For Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, The Smithsonian has teamed up with the National Museum of African American History & Culture to launch a collection of “hip-hop hits, essays, and visuals curated by a top-notch lineup of artists, scholars, producers,” according to a press release.
A 30-Day Kickstarter campaign was recently launched to help bring the anthology to fruition, stating the hip-hop collection will “serve as an extension of the objects and stories of hip-hop already displayed in the galleries of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, offering perspective on the African American experience and its impact on American culture. The Anthology will be a tool for education as it explores hip-hop’s evolution and global influence.”
Individuals who back the campaign for $100 will receive a 9th Wonder digital remix of sounds pulled from the Smithsonian Folkways archives. Backers who pitch in $150 will also get exclusive trading collector cards that feature the likes of Nicki Minaj, Ice-T, Busta Rhymes and more.
For more information, visit the Kickstarter campaign page here. Watch the campaign video and see some images below.
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