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A Sneak Peek Into New York’s New Hip Hop Museum


New York Hip Hop heads are ready with bated breath for the Common Hip Hop Museum’s (UHHM) opening in 2024. Within the meantime, museum curators have developed a collection of rotating exhibitions housed at their short-term location within the Bronx Terminal Market. [R]evolution of Hip Hop, which began with the worldwide motion’s origins within the mid-Nineteen Seventies and now focuses on Hip Hop’s golden period, previews the archival supplies and storytelling methods the museum will showcase in its everlasting gallery areas. 

On view throughout Hip Hop’s fiftieth anniversary, the present iteration of the exhibition is concentrated on the years 1986 by 1990 and explores the second the style crossed over into mainstream tradition. Regional rivalries, sneaker tradition, and Yo! MTV Raps are some matters lined with artifacts like Slick Rick’s throne, a Wild Fashion letter D painted on galvanized metal, Dapper Dan custom-made jackets, and Rappin Max Robotic, the primary Hip Hop comedian guide created in 1986 by artist and designer Eric Orr with the assistance of Pop and graffiti artist Keith Haring. Guests may also obtain tailor-made Spotify playlists by Breakbeat Narratives, a collaboration between the MIT Heart for Superior Virtuality, Microsoft, and the museum. This interactive quiz makes use of synthetic intelligence to offer deep-dives into particular Hip Hop subgenres corresponding to Jazz or Feminist Rap.

XClan “Black Watch” flag and memorabilia, together with Ice T’s jacket, Public Enemy and Yo! MTV Raps archives on view at [R]evolution of Hip Hop: 1986-1990

Hip Hop historian, UHHM curator, and former rapper Pete Good advised Hyperallergic that the museum constructed its collections by the kindness of followers and contributors. Good’s supplies, the non-public archives of Paradise Grey (a curator at UHHM), and donations from friends, corresponding to DJ Kay Slay, Lynn Saunders (MC Girl L), and Hip Hop photographer Michael Benabib, laid the inspiration.

“Paradise Grey had an ideal assortment that he had amassed in his profession from rising up with DJ Pete Jones, being in graffiti crews within the Bronx, and as one of many members of the group XClan,” stated Good about Grey’s memorabilia, which spans from 1979 by the Nineties.

Bombox with video clips from West Coast (L) and East Coast (R) live shows on view at [R]evolution of Hip Hop: 1986-1990

Together with increasing the collections, the museum is working to lift funds for an endowment to buy archival supplies and help its sturdy programming plans. Some particular exhibitions Good thinks the museum may produce embody a deep dive into the evolution of aerosol artwork (graffiti), a retrospective on DJ Kay Slay, whose mixtapes spearheaded the profession of iconic rapper Nas, a screening of legendary documentary Wild Fashion, or an evaluation of Souljah Boy’s profession and the rise of the viral web Hip Hop star.      

“We’re going out and monitoring down loads of the memorabilia and artifacts to carry again to the museum,” stated Good. “Individuals may need Phrase Up magazines, their previous cassette tapes, the clothes they used to put on to jams; this stuff are related and necessary. Everybody, even if you happen to weren’t Run-D.M.C, can contribute.” [R]evolution of Hip Hop: 1986–1990 is on view by June 2023.


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