Hip-Hop (R)Evolutions is an extension of the museum's ongoing work to collect, converse, and collaborate with members of the hip-hop community.
With its work rooted in collections, research, and exhibitions, and building on the release of the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap in 2021, the museum is continuing its commitment to presenting the voices, memories, and belongings of the fans, critics, and communities that create and challenge this ever-growing musical form.
Collecting Hip-Hop History
Hip-Hop in the Bronx
Photographing Hip-Hop Culture
Charting Hip-Hop History
NMAAHC Hip-Hop Block Party
Hip-hop and rap voice[s] the concerns and aspirations of Black communities and other across America, bridging the gaps between our past and our present, between generations, regions, and culture. Lonnie G. Bunch, III Secretary of the Smithsonian and Founding Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap
Nobody Does It Quite Like This
Michael Holman's Donor Story — Part I
Michael Holman is an integral figure in hip-hop culture. His multifaceted career includes contributions as a dancer, artist, musician, filmmaker, producer, manager, and writer. He has also been at the forefront of the movement to preserve, teach, and share hip-hop’s history, evidenced by his role as a donor to the Museum.
Something about the topic – and the poignant way it’s addressed in the song’s lyrics – has resonated for decades. Bill Adler on Whodini's "Friends", 2021 From the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap
The music and culture of hip-hop and rap continue to shape our experiences and understanding of each other in profound ways. This anthology is one snapshot of that story. Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, 2021 National Museum of African American History and Culture
Hip-Hop in the Music & Performing Arts Collection
Whodini at the Ritz
Flier for NYC Fresh Fest IV in Buffalo NY with the Fat Boys
Public Enemy necklace with logo medallion
Biz Markie sitting at a piano at the offices of Cold Chillin' Records
Craig Mack recording "Flava in your ear"
Mastering notes for the Root's album, Things Fall Apart
Three 6 Mafia
Hip-hop certainly wasn’t over when it came to the Smithsonian and our work to document, preserve, and share it with the world will continue. Timothy Anne Burnside, 2021 National Museum of African American History and Culture
Explore Hip-Hop in the Searchable Museum
Five Things to See: The Fashion of Hip-Hop
Fashioning Power and Gender in Hip-Hop
Five Things to See: The Technology of Hip-Hop
J Dilla's Distinctive Sound
The Learning Continues
Explore online resources, videos, podcasts, scholarly articles and more.
Hip-Hop from Across the Smithsonian
All Music is Black Music Ep. 5, “The Year André 3000 with Vic Mensa"
Hear how an examination of André 3000’s boa cape opens up broader conversations in hip-hop history.
Behind the scenes of American History's Hip-Hop Collection
Go behind the scenes at the National Museum of American History for a glimpse of hip-hop history.
Hip-Hop and Rap Across the Smithsonian
Explore how hip-hop is celebrated across the Smithsonian.
Hip-Hop Origins: East Coast vs. West Coast
Explore Smithsonian's Learning Lab resources and dive into hip-hop’s regional styles.
Tell Us About J Dilla’s Instruments
Learn more about J Dilla and the stories his gear preserves about his instrumental practices.
Hip-Hop Community Resources
Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Hip-Hop Producer who Reinvented Rhythm
Learn about producer J Dilla in this groundbreaking new publication from Dan Charna exploring the artist’s work and cultural impact.
Louder than a Riot
Listen to NPR’s investigative reporting on of hip-hop’s difficult relationship with law enforcement.
Tulane University’s New Orleans Hip Hop and Bounce Archive
Listen to oral history interviews with leaders in New Orleans’s hip-hop community.
Tulane University Digital Library.
“Can It Be Bigger Than Hip Hop?: From Global Hip Hop Studies to Hip Hop”
Learn about the emergence and evolution of academic scholarship of hip-hop.
The Journal of Hip Hop Studies 6, no. 2 (2019).
“Misogyny in Hip Hop”
Ellen Chamberlain break down how misogyny appears in hip-hop’s history.
While the vibe maybe culturally understood, it is important for artists to voice the story in their own words, to express what it is and what it’s going to be, to ensure there is a baton to pass to future generations. Chuck D, 2021